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These seminal, uncollected essays by the late Christopher Hitchens, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller god is not Great, showcase the notorious contrarian's genius for rhetoric, and offer sharp rebukes to tyrants and the ill-informed everywhere.Christopher Hitchens was arguably the most erudite, provocative, and polarizing writers of the last twenty-five years. When he passed away in 2011 from esophageal cancer, writers, readers, pundits, and critics around the world mourned his loss. This collection of essays brings together some of the finest pieces Hitchens published over the last two decades for the first time in one book, addressing with characteristic wit and erudition the subjects he is best known for, including: the case against God, faith and religious observance; the case for intervention in Iraq; indictments of towering political figures like Bill and Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, and Henry Kissinger; and celebrations of the writers and thinkers whose work meant most to him, from Saul Bellow, George Orwell, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine, to his dear friends Martin Amis and Salman Rushdie, among others.



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Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Eric Hitchens was an English-born American author, journalist and literary critic. He was a contributor to and a variety of other media outlets. Hitchens was also a political observer, whose best-selling books - the most famous being - made him a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits. He was also a media fellow at the Hoover Institution. Hitchens was a polemicist and intellectual. While he was once identified with the Anglo-American radical political left, near the end of his life he embraced some arguably right-wing causes, most notably the Iraq War. Formerly a Trotskyist and a fixture in the left wing publications of both the United Kingdom and United States, Hitchens departed from the grassroots of the political left in 1989 after what he called the "tepid reaction" of the European left following Ayatollah Khomeini's issue of a fatwa calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie, but he stated on the Charlie Rose show aired August 2007 that he remained a "Democratic Socialist. "The September 11, 2001 attacks strengthened his embrace of an interventionist foreign policy, and his vociferous criticism of what he called "fascism with an Islamic face. " He is known for his ardent admiration of George Orwell, Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson, and for his excoriating critiques of Mother Teresa, Henry Kissinger and Bill Clinton. Hitchens was an anti-theist, and he described himself as a believer in the Enlightenment values of secularism, humanism, and reason.



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