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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,135 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Hitchens Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“A religious fundamentalist, a political operative, a primitive sermonizer, and an accomplice of worldly secular powers. Her mission has always been of this kind. The irony is that she has never been able to induce anybody to believe her. It is past time that she was duly honored and taken at her word.”

Among his many books, perhaps none have sparked more outrage than The Missionary Position, Christopher Hitchens’ meticulous study of the life and deeds of Mother Teresa.

A Nobel Peace Prize recipient beatified by the Catholic Church in 2003, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was celebrated by heads of state and adored by millions for her work on behalf of the poor. In his measured critique, Hitchens asks only that Mother Teresa’s reputation be judged by her actions, not the other way around.

With characteristic élan and rhetorical dexterity, Hitchens eviscerates the fawning cult of Teresa, recasting the Albanian missionary as a spurious, despotic, and megalomaniacal operative of the wealthy who long opposed measures to end poverty and fraternized, for financial gain, with tyrants and white-collar criminals throughout the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hilariously mean.”

    John Waters, American filmmaker

  • “Convincing…Hitchens argues his case with consummate style.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A dirty job but someone had to do it. By the end of this elegantly written, brilliantly argued piece of polemic, it is not looking good for Mother Teresa.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Anyone with ambivalent feelings about the influence of Catholic dogma (especially concerning sex and procreation); about the media’s manufacture of images; or about what one can, should, or shouldn’t do for someone less fortunate, should read this book.”

    San Francisco Bay Guardian

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bob | 2/17/2014

    " i think this is a very important book. i suppose that many of my generation who just grew up with the icon of mother theresa don't stop to question her claims or usefulness. this book argues against the blind acceptance of her saintliness as hitchens himself played the devil's advocate against her beautification with the use of reason and facts. even if you don't care that the "work" she does is at heart agrandized prostelization for a corrupt church, you at least walk away with a clearer picture of what she actually does based on facts and not reputation. a quickand thoughful read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caroline | 2/1/2014

    " Incisive, bold, hilarious, and true. No figure should be free from critical analysis and Hitchens delivers a first-class one in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charles | 1/30/2014

    " Hitch at his best, nailing the "thieving, fanatical Albanian dwarf" for the fraud she was. A quick read, but an important one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liz | 1/20/2014

    " I know it just seems like a book picking on a nice old lady out of spite. But if Hitchens' facts are to be believed at all, she is not a nice old lady. "

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