Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens was born April 13, 1949, in England and graduated from Balliol College at Oxford University. The father of three children, he was the author of more than 20 books and pamphlets, including collections of essays, criticism and reportage. His book GOD IS NOT GREAT: How Religion Poisons Everything was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award and an international bestseller. His bestselling memoir, HITCH-22, was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. His 2011 bestselling omnibus of selected essays, ARGUABLY, was named by The New York Times as one of the 10 best books of the year.

A visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School in New York City, he was also the I.F. Stone professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a columnist, literary critic, and contributing editor at Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Slate, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, New Statesman, World Affairs and Free Inquiry, among other publications.

He died in Houston on December 15, 2011. The following year, Yoko Ono awarded him the Lennon-Ono Grant for Peace.

Christopher Hitchens

Books by Christopher Hitchens

by Christopher Hitchens - Essays, Nonfiction

The author of five previous volumes of selected writings, including the international bestseller ARGUABLY, Christopher Hitchens left at his death nearly 250,000 words of essays not yet published in book form. AND YET… assembles a selection that ranges from the literary to the political and is, by turns, a banquet of entertaining and instructive delights, including essays on Orwell, Lermontov, Chesterton, Fleming, Naipaul, Rushdie, Pamuk and Dickens, among others, as well as his laugh-out-loud self-mocking “makeover.”

by Christopher Hitchens - Memoir, Nonfiction

Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us.

by Christopher Hitchens - Essays, Nonfiction

For nearly four decades, Christopher Hitchens was telling us what we confront when we grapple with first principles --- the principles of reason, tolerance and skepticism that define the foundations of our civilization. Here, he supplies fresh perspectives on such figures as Charles Dickens, Karl Marx, Rebecca West, George Orwell and J.G. Ballard. His intrepid discussions are gathered from a lifetime of traveling and reporting all over the world.

by Joe Sacco and Christopher Hitchens - Graphic Novel

This nonfiction book documents journalist Joe Sacco's four trips in late 1995 and early 1996 to Goražde, a United Nations–designated safe area in eastern Bosnia. Its Muslim population suffered many losses during the Bosnian War --- both in lives and an incredible amount of property destroyed --- but the town was the only one in eastern Bosnia to hold out while the Bosnian Serb forces carried out an "ethnic cleansing" of the region.