The Missionary Position

  • by Christopher Hitchens, Thomas Mallon (foreword)
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"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.

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Awesome

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

Christipher goes where everyone is afraid to go.

Where does The Missionary Position rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks very high as I have stated in previous reviews I love anything that Christopher Hitchens writes. He is not afraid to say anything or take on any one in power.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Christopher was able to show just what went on with Mother Teresa and how she really wasn't the person that so many thought she was. I liked the story where she was asked to return the money that Charles Keating had stolen and sent to her. Just one of many stories where you had to question why she aligned herself with the people she did.


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

I haven't heard him before but he did well with this book.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, as usual I found myself asking, what is he going to bring out next.


Any additional comments?

A very interesting story about how certain people can reach a level where they and their actions are never questioned. And to do so is considered to be in very poor taste. I think the reader will be shocked at the things that were never made public about Mother Teresa.

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- J. Blackwell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-10-2012
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio