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Christopher Hitchens

British-American author and journalist

1949   -   2011

country of citizenship: United Kingdom, United States of America
native language: English, British English
educated at: Balliol College, The Leys School
occupation: journalist, writer, essayist, autobiographer, literary critic, political scientist
award received: Richard Dawkins Award, PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, Lannan Literary Awards, LennonOno Grant for Peace
influenced by: George Orwell, Leon Trotsky, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, George Eliot, Vladimir Nabokov, Salman Rushdie, Colm Tóibín, Edward Said, Albert Camus
www.buildupthatwall.com

Christopher Eric Hitchens (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011) was an Anglo-American author, columnist, essayist, orator, religious and literary critic, social critic, and journalist. Hitchens was the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of over 30 books, including five collections of essays on culture, politics and literature. A staple of public discourse, his confrontational style of debate made him both a lauded intellectual and a controversial public figure. He contributed to New Statesman, The Nation, The Weekly Standard, The Atlantic, London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, Slate, Free Inquiry and Vanity Fair. Having long described himself as a democratic socialist, Marxist and an anti-totalitarian, he broke from the political left after what he called the "tepid reaction" of the Western left to the Satanic Verses controversy, followed by the left's embrace of Bill Clinton and the antiwar movement's opposition to NATO intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s. His support of the Iraq War separated him further. His writings include critiques of public figures Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Mother Teresa and Diana, Princess of Wales. He was the elder brother of the conservative journalist and author Peter Hitchens. He also advocated for the separation of church and state. As an antitheist, he regarded concepts of a god or supreme being as a totalitarian belief that impedes individual freedom. He argued in favour of free expression and scientific discovery, and that it was superior to religion as an ethical code of conduct for human civilization. The dictum "What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence" has become known as Hitchens's razor.
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works

22

Mortality

book by Christopher Hitchens

author: Christopher Hitchens

2012

The Missionary Position

book by Christopher Hitchens

author: Christopher Hitchens

1995

Hitch-22

book by Christopher Hitchens

author: Christopher Hitchens

2010

Letters to a Young Contrarian

book by Christopher Hitchens

author: Christopher Hitchens

2001

Why Orwell Matters

book by Christopher Hitchens

author: Christopher Hitchens

2002

Arguably

book by Christopher Hitchens

author: Christopher Hitchens

2011

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