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The Four Horsemen

The Conversation That Sparked an Atheist Revolution
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In 2007, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett filmed a landmark discussion about modern atheism. The video went viral. Now in audiobook for the first time, the transcript of their conversation is illuminated by new essays from three of the original participants and an introduction by Stephen Fry.

At the dawn of the new atheist movement, the thinkers who became known as “the four horsemen”, the heralds of religion's unraveling - Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett - sat down together over cocktails. What followed was a rigorous, pathbreaking, and enthralling exchange that has been viewed millions of times since it was first posted on YouTube. This is intellectual inquiry at its best: exhilarating, funny, and unpredictable, sincere and probing, reminding us just how varied and colorful the threads of modern atheism are.

Here is the transcript of that conversation, in audiobook for the first time, augmented by material from the living participants: Dawkins, Harris, and Dennett. These new essays, introduced by Stephen Fry, mark the evolution of their thinking and highlight particularly resonant aspects of this epic exchange. Each man contends with the most fundamental questions of human existence while challenging the others to articulate their own stance on God and religion, cultural criticism, spirituality, debate with people of faith, and the components of a truly ethical life.

Read by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel C. Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, and Stephen Fry.

Advance praise for The Four Horsemen:

“The full, electrifying transcript of the one and only conversation between the quartet of luminaries dubbed the ‘four horsemen’ of the New Atheism, which took place in Washington, D.C., in 2007. Among the vast range of ideas and questions they discuss: Is it ever possible to win a war of ideas? Is spirituality the preserve of the religious? And, are there any truths you would rather not know?” (The Bookseller, UK)

“If thinking were a sport, these four would be national superstars - and reading The Four Horsemen feels like having a front-row seat at the all-star game. This is more than a book about atheism and religion - it’s a lesson in how to use our intellect to cut through the haze of delusion and misconception inherent in any human society.” (Tim Urban, writer of Wait but Why?)

©2019 Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett (P)2019 Random House Audio

Commentaires

“For people inclined to disbelieve supernatural explanations - in America, we few, we happy few, we band of brothers and sisters - The Four Horsemen is a smart, fun, funny, seriously provocative primer.” (Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360 and author of Fantasyland)

“We are slowly losing the hard-won right, gained by brave heroes of the enlightenment such as Voltaire and Hume, to be free to criticize religion without persecution and prosecution; the crime of blasphemy is creeping back. The words of Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris, and Dennett are needed more than ever. These are the heirs to Voltaire.” (Matt Ridley, author of The Evolution of Everything

“These four are the kinds of thinkers we don’t get enough of anymore: unapologetic, uncompromising, and deeply generous with one another as well as with anyone who happens to be listening in. You needn’t be an atheist or a horseman to relish every word of this delightful book. You just need to be hungry for genuine intellectual inquiry and open debate. And, let’s face it, you’re probably starving.” (Meghan Daum, author of The Unspeakable

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  • Cole Brandon Eckhardt
  • 22/03/2019

Short

The discussion is only 2 hours. My only complaint is that it’s the same price as a book. That aside, this is a seminal conversation, and fans of any of these imminent authors would be doing themselves a great disservice to miss hearing the discussion that conceived the works the authors penned afterward.

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  • Jay Doran
  • 20/04/2019

Powerful.

These four men engaging in open discourse will forever be remembered. I am grateful to have grown up in an era of open, curious and provocative debate where parties disagree and don’t take it personal.

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  • Debra Debeers
  • 01/09/2019

God, I love to hear such intelligent men talk!

In depth, serious talk and open debate about spirituality and religion. An argument that faith and supernatural explanations can be debated and openly denied as "magical" thinking. That there is room for people to question religion and live comfortably with the belief that none of it is true but we still live in a wonderous world without God. I wish I could have been present at that dinner.

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  • cornholio
  • 26/07/2019

Like I was a fly on the wall

I wish it was ten times as long, this was the best 3 hours I ever spent doing anything. Beautiful, articulate, engaging, and sadly, can never be done again. Miss you Hitch.

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  • Julie K Roy
  • 04/07/2019

So much good information.

As a life long conservative protestant Christian this was the next step for me in open questioning of religion. Very thought provoking and I will listen again in a couple of days to solidify ideas...highly recommended book.

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  • Jay Lukas
  • 26/04/2019

This.

This is the conversation that we need to be having. The convergence of these 4 men and their minds is a gift. Brilliant.

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  • Jan D. Leslie
  • 03/02/2020

wonderfully articulate

A wonderful exchange of ideas between four brilliant men. Definitely recommend the book to anyone that loves challenging topics

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  • obinna212
  • 31/01/2020

A Necessary Listen. Embrace Human Intellect.

The topics of discussion presented by Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris and Dennett provide, for all, modest insight into broad, yet intricate, subject matter that encapsulates vast swathes of life, with congruent, but heterogeneous and unique takes on varying secular and religious issues. The perspectives provided by the four highlight an increased and necessary need for reason, as well as an increased acknowledgment and appreciation of the human intellect.

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  • 05/01/2020

Vulnerable and honest

I enjoyed listening to the honest perspectives of the participants. While their differences of opinion or slate, you can hear how voicing these differences helps these intelligent philosophers hone their message for public address. While no one articulates a call to action, Sam Harris expresses an interest in capturing how we can practically improve our world based on the philosophies and critiques they develop.

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  • Curtis J. Jones
  • 02/01/2020

Great Insight

It was nice to hear then all speak with one another. Truly miss Hitchens presence in the community and the world.

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