First off, I am a Christian and I'm not ashamed of it.
Secondly, despite this I found this book to be very impressive, well written, well organised and well researched. Hitchens makes a lot of valid point concerning the bad stuff done throughout the world and history on the back of religion.
None of what he mentions can be denied and I would never try to.
However, in my personal opinion, this book fails in its arguement for one very simply reason. Hitchens shows his bias and does not make an objective arguement.
I saw this because at 3 points in the book he mentions meetings 3 people (one muslim, one christian) who proved themselves to be honest, decent examples of their faith.
An example being the taxi driver (read the book to understand this).
Yet Hitchens devorts NO time to exploring these instances and simply brushes them off with a few lines of text. Then he jumps right back into ranting about how bad and evil religion is and everything and everyone who it touches.
This proves to me, personally, that Hitchens has deep issues about religion which prevent him from being objective in his arguements. He tarnishes all religious persons with the same brush and there for automatically labels us all evil for our beliefs.
At no point does he acknowledge that the actions of the church, DO NOT mean all Christians are bad people. He just doesnt.
In conclusion, this is a good read for both sides of the arguement but its ultimatly flawed in his bias and hatred for religion.