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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Interesting but could have gone deeper

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A contrarian view of who Mother Teresa was and what her legacy might really be. While I enjoyed the book I felt it could have gone a little deeper. It encourages the reader to go deeper on their own into her past however advocates for Mother Teresa might just view the book as character assassination. It will certainly spark debate among people which is worth it alone. It also raises the question of motivation among some religious people in relation to charity.

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- Stephen J. Maser

Succinct and amazing.

Good narration of a book that blew my exCatholic mind. I was indoctrinated with the Mother Theresa cult as a kid, wish I had of known all this then.
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- Aaron

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-05-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios