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The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Christopher Hitchens
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17. April 1997
In a frank expose of the Teresa cult, Hitchens details the nature and limits of one woman’s mission to the world’s poor. He probes the source of the heroic status bestowed upon an Albanian nun whose only declared wish is to serve God. He asks whether Mother Teresa’s good works answer any higher purpose than the need of the world’s privileged to see someone, somewhere, doing something for the Third World. He unmasks pseudo-miracles, questions Mother Teresa’s fitness to adjudicate on matters of sex and reproduction, and reports on a version of saintly ubiquity which affords genial relations with dictators, corrupt tycoons and convicted frauds.

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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: 21,4 x 13,2 x 0,9 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.6 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (54 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 196.720 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)

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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."
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"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."
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"If there is a hell, Hitchens is going there for this book."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ma Teresa exposed 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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Superb Expose of a Cynical, Fraudulent Opportunist 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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hitchens tells it like it is! 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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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen A liberating book on the truth behind Teresa's methods 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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4.0 von 5 Sternen It is a rant, but an amusing one 30. Mai 2000
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Another reviewer said this wasn't a rant. Well, I'm afraid it is. But it's a very funny one. And Hitchens has some evidence behind his sharpened rhetorical knives. He points out the hypocrisy of many of Mother Theresa's actions, the poor care her hospitals give, when compared to other organizations, and the shady people she's chosen to be associated with.

Sure, she's dead; sure, she spent a lot of time with sick people; but that doesn't automatically make her a saint, as Hitchen's makes clear.

Still, this is a polemic not a biographical study (which is why I only gave it 4 stars). If you want an in depth history of Mother Theresa, this is not the first place to look.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Debunking the myth of Mother Teresa...
Hitchens systematically debunks the myth of Mother Teresa. His analysis is to the point, no doubt about that. No word too much, no word too little.
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The book surprised me in it's heartly consideration for fake/charity show. Blind devotion works everywhere arround, creating darkness, and book desclose to us.
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This book is so well written, Hitch a master of the English language and from that standpoint alone the book is so well worth reading. Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The story of a Media fake, which shows the power of the Catholic...
Christopher Hitchens, a proven intellectual, who insists on facts and rationality, has collected important information to make one's own estimation of the achievements of this... Lesen Sie weiter...
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Was Tempo für Taschentücher, Tesa für Klebeband und Nescafé für löslichen Kaffee(ersatz), das ist Mutter Teresa für den Guten Menschen: ein... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 17 Monaten von Felix Richter veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen Gasp! I'm so shocked!
Imagine...a rich, Oxford-educated Englishman spouting anti-Catholic bigotry! It's so incongruous! Whoever heard of such a thing?
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Easy to criticize, hard to be charitable
While I normally admire Hitchens' work, and while I am sure that Mother Teresa, like every other human being, was not perfect, I am amazed as to what his purpose was in writing... Lesen Sie weiter...
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While I normally admire Hitchens' work, and while I am sure that Mother Teresa, like every other human being, was not perfect, I am amazed as to what his purpose was in writing... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. Juli 2000 von Danielle M. Maze
2.0 von 5 Sternen All dogs are pink Lou is a dog Therefore Lou is Pink WRONG!
As a Catholic after recovering my shock at this book and the various reviews (AH HA NOW WE SEE THROUGH THAT CHARLITON etc...! Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Juni 2000 von Peter Ingemi
5.0 von 5 Sternen charity done in stupidity
A quick, pithy read, and quite truly a well needed critical glance at the manufacture of a saint. Even if we take it as a given that Mother Teresa was well-intentioned, there are... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 15. Juni 2000 von "freethoughtmecca"
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