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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's 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.
©1995 Christopher Hitchens (P)2012 Hachette Audio
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By Michael Friedman on 06-12-12

Another View of our Saint

What made the experience of listening to The Missionary Position the most enjoyable?

An excellent polemic on many levels of a woman who is to the outside world a humble savior of the poor, but in reality is a woman who shills for the Catholic prohibitions against contraception and takes millions from the worst and richest elements of society and delivers unrelenting pain in the name of Jesus Christ.

Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Excellent.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Mother Pain.

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By Fatemeh on 02-15-16

Awesome

A necessary read for any person born after 1900s! Hitchens's work is pricelss ... RIP Christopher

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