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Rebecca West (1892-1983) was a novelist, biographer, journalist, and critic. She published eight novels in addition to her masterpiece Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, for which she made several trips to the Balkans. Following World War II, she also published two books on the relation of the individual to the state, called The Meaning of Treason and A Train of Powder. Christopher Hitchens (introducer; 1949-2011) was the author of more than twenty books and pamphlets, including the #1 New York Times bestseller God Is Not Great, which was a finalist for the National Book Award; the bestselling memoir Hitch-22, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and the essay collection Arguably, which was one of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2011. He was named by Foreign Policy and Britain's Prospect one of the world's "Top 100 Public Intellectuals."
"A masterpiece . . . as astonishing in its range, in the subtlety and power of its judgment, as it is brilliant in expression." --The Times (London) "Surely one of the great books of our century." --Diana Trilling