Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Christopher Hitchens' six best books

Christopher Hitchens is a critic, journalist, and author of the new memoir, Hitch-22.

He named six books that helped shaped his memoir for The Week magazine. One title on the list:
Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

Long before Solzhenitsyn, this Hungarian refugee (who had only endured actual prison under Franco’s fascism) managed to imagine the workings of Stalin’s secret jails. Along with Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, it formed part of the essential bookshelf of those intellectuals who repudiated their early illusions about the Soviet Union.
Read about another book on Hitchens' list.

Darkness at Noon is one of Ernest Lefever's five best Cold War classics.

--Marshal Zeringue