[Download] The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice By Thomas Mallon, Christopher Hitchens

The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice

By: Thomas Mallon, Christopher Hitchens
Narrated by: Simon Prebble
Length: 2 hours
Release date: Apr 10, 2012
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (186 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)
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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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7 Responses to “[Download] The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice By Thomas Mallon, Christopher Hitchens”

  1. Holli A.

    mother teresa is catholic : who knew
    ? do tales of mother teresa’s hospice work in kolkata, india intrigue you
    ? do you want to know the back story about her ” missionaries of charity ”
    ? do you suspect there may be ” much more to her ” than meets the eye

    christopher hitchens turns his cynical, jaundiced eye on mother teresa
    as you’d expect, he finds that she’s a human being and not a perfect saint
    her core beliefs are similar to other devoted catholic priests and nuns

    she really hates abortion / she believes christian baptism leads to heaven
    she does not interrogate dictators and donors if they offer $ and support
    her hospice clinics don’t provide care in line with western clinical guidelines

    but to his credit, hitchens points out some surprising expenditures and rules
    lots of money is spent on sanctuaries, ornaments, travel and accommodations
    in the organization of the clinics, mother teresa can be quite heavy handed

    ? is any of this unexpected with an albanian nun serving india’s most destitute
    ? are you surprised, if she offers some of the dying last minute conversions
    ? would you expect her catholic beliefs to irritate some hindus and muslims

    ( aroup chatterjee has written a similar but more even handed assessment )
    sadly, hitchens was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2010 and died in 2011
    it’s possible that his last days were spent under the care of devoted hospice nurses

  2. James L. Terry

    Short book – He didn’t like her priorities
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

  3. Corazon Helfritz

    Empty envelope
    I was hoping much more incriminating evidence to justify the amazing book title but it was scant with lots of adjectives attached to bolster the page count.
    Yes, she wasn’t an angel but nor is the book worth it’s price.

  4. Dominique Schilk

    Great write up
    Brilliantly written, but seems like it only scratched the surface on Mother Theresa’s true colors. Would definitely recommend.
    Great narration, too.

  5. Felton Matlow

    Eye-opener
    I always assumed that MT, while a looney believer, sure, was doing good in this world. Wrong.

  6. Kam Jumonville

    Interesting… but obviously biased
    This book has an interesting take on the life of Mother Theresa. However, it is obviously only presenting one side of the story, so if you are looking for a balanced account, you should find another source. But overall, this is a perspective that few take, and I enjoyed the book, even if it is not one that I fully endorse.

  7. Renata D.

    Everything Hitch touched turned to gold.
    if you’ve ever seen him in person or on Youtube, you’ll figure that his books have got to be equally as amazing. well, they are!

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