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The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 17. April 1997


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  • Taschenbuch: 98 Seiten
  • Verlag: Verso; Auflage: Reprint (17. April 1997)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 185984054X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859840542
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,3 x 0,1 x 2,1 cm
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What's next--The Girl Scouts: The Untold Story? How could anybody write a debunking book about Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity order? Well, in this little cruise missile of a book, Hitchens quickly establishes that the idea is not without point. After all, what is Mother Teresa doing hanging out with a dictator's wife in Haiti and accepting over a million dollars from Charles Keating? The most riveting material in the book is contained in two letters: one from Mother Teresa to Judge Lance Ito--then weighing what sentence to dole out to the convicted Keating--which cited all the work Keating has done "to help the poor," and another from a Los Angeles deputy D.A., Paul Turley, back to Mother Teresa that eloquently stated that rather than working to reduce Keating's sentence, she should return the money he gave her to its rightful owners, the defrauded bond-holders. (Significantly, Mother Teresa never replied.) And why do former missionary workers and visiting doctors consistently observe that the order's medical practices seem so inadequate, especially given all the money that comes in? (Hitchens acidly observes that on the other hand, Mother Teresa herself always manages to receive world-class medical care.) Hitchens's answer is that Mother Teresa is first and foremost interested not in providing medical treatment, but in furthering Catholic doctrine and--quite literally--becoming a saint. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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"Convincing . . . Hitchens argues his case with consummate style."
New York Times Book Review 
 
"A dirty job but someone had to tdo it. By the end of this elegantly written, brilliantly argued piece of polemic, it is not looking good for Mother Teresa."
Sunday Times (London)
 
"If there is a hell, Hitchens is going there for this book."
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15 von 16 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 17. Februar 1998
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I have always maintained that mother Teresa was a media creation, meticulously crafted by the catholic church using the imagery of the poor as a backdrop for emotional appeal. I have been to her warehouses for the "poorest of the poor" and was appalled at the lack of professional medical care, as well as the lack of toys for abandoned children. Christopher Hitchens has done this blind world a huge service by exposing this media morphed nun. Many, many Indian men and women are serving the needs of the poor in more productive ways than M Teresa. However, the western media finds it imperative to celebrate the work of an European Albanian nun, the image if the "white" savior in a savage land. Hitchens should be honored for exposing these lies.
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12 von 13 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 9. November 1999
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As an extremely devout Orthodox Jew, I read Christopher Hitchens' account of "Mother" Theresa with a mixture of sorrow and anger. Sorrow because it is sad to see people's faith in an icon destroyed; anger at the Catholic Church for perpetrating one of the greatest hoaxes of the century. Hitchens is a superb journalist of the Tom Wolfe school. He gets his facts straight, and not one of his targets escapes unscathed. You will never be able to think about "Mother" Theresa the same way after reading this book. Dynamite!
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15 von 17 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von S. Michael Wilson am 24. Januar 2000
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Most people will automatically be repelled at the idea of a book exposing the hypocrises and agendas of Mother Teresa, a woman described by many as a modern-day saint. Those who steer away will miss an excellent investigative novel that explores not only the motives of Mother Teresa, but the effect (or lack of) that she had on the world.
Do not fear that this book is simply a character assassination, either. Hitchens does not set out to slander or destroy Mother Teresa, and in fact even defends her in some instances, stating his belief that she was not a spiteful or evil woman, but simply did not do as much as good as she is thought to. A must read for anyone interested in the truth behind the legend.
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13 von 15 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Stone Junction am 31. Januar 2000
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THE MISSIONARY POSITION is the ideal book for our times. Highly cynical and uncompromising, Christopher Hitchens has written the ultimate in hero-deflation, reminding us that nothing is ever as good as it seems.
Hitchens does not set out to destroy Mother Teresa; this is not simply an unfocused rant. Rather, by focusing on the words and actions of Mother Teresa, instead of her reputation, Hitchens has written a highly enlightening and engrossing treatise on the myths, the suspicions, the problems, and the downright lies that have been perpetrated both by Mother Teresa and those acting on her behalf.
The question must be asked, however; Is this simply propaganda? Can it be lumped into the many books Hitchens lists that are written in exalted praise of her devotion and charity? Well, of course it is. All books are propaganda to some extent, in that they espouse a particular point of view. Should that be used to dispose of Hitchens' research, as some other AMAZON critics have suggested? Hardly.
Of the many anecdotes Hitchens relates (both his own personal experiences and those of people who have worked alongside Mother Teresa), possibly the most startling is Mother Teresa's intervention into the trial of Charles Keating. Keating, you may recall, is the Savings and Loans magnate who personally bilked 17,000 people out of well over $250,000,000. Mother Teresa wrote a letter to Judge Lance Ito pleading for clemency, as Keating, through his $1,000,000 donation, had proved he was a friend to the poor. Hitchens then reprints the trial prosocutor's written reply to Mother Teresa, in which he lists Keating's many atrocities, and suggests that if she really wanted to help the poor, she would return the money. Unsurprisingly, she did not.
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8 von 9 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 29. Oktober 1997
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This is perhaps one of the most important books to be written in the last ten years about the complicated relationship the rich have with the poor. Far from just an expose on the devious tactics used by Teresa to increase the material wealth and public image of herself and her order, Hitchens also exposes the spiritual fraud exacted on the bodies of the non-Catholic poor on whom the success of her mission (in terms of her spiritual agenda and her own political ambitions) so desperately depends. Keep in mind while reading this book that Hitchens, ostensibly much like Teresa, is crucially concerned with liberating humanity. Unlike Teresa, his idea of liberation is much more in concert with our collective understanding of decency and the possibility of people finding salvation in the world they create.
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12 von 14 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Chrissy the Stooges Woman am 19. Januar 2000
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To the reader from Tennessee below, the reason it is important to read this book - and important to find out if Hitchens' allegations are true - is because Mother Teresa was a very powerful woman who set up a series of medical facilities which are still in operation. One of Hitchens' most disturbing criticisms - which has since been confirmed by former members of the Congregation - is that the millions of dollars' worth of donations sent to Mother Teresa by people like you and me were NEVER used to make these clinics more sanitary or to provide basic medical care for the indigent people who arrived at their doorstep. The reason, Hitchens says, that Mother Teresa is known for her work with the dying is that so many people died in her clinics! Listen, folks, if even *one* person died unnecessarily, that's one too many and more than enough justification for Hitchens to conduct this long-overdue investigation!
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