The Life, Career, and Writing of Christopher Hitchens: Religious and Political Opinions (2007)

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Christopher Hitchens (April 13, 1949 — December 15, 2011) was a prolific English-American author, political journalist and literary critic. More Hitchens:

His books, essays, and journalistic career spanned more than four decades. Recognized as a public intellectual, he was a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits. He was a columnist and literary critic at The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate, World Affairs, The Nation, Free Inquiry, and a variety of other media outlets.

Sole author

1984 Cyprus. Quartet. Revised editions as Hostage to History: Cyprus from the Ottomans to Kissinger, 1989 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and 1997 (Verso).
1987 Imperial Spoils: The Curious Case of the Elgin Marbles. Chatto and Windus (UK)/Hill and Wang (US, 1988) / 1997 UK Verso edition as The Elgin Marbles: Should They Be Returned to Greece? (with essays by Robert Browning and Graham Binns). Reissued and updated 2008 as The Parthenon Marbles: The Case for Reunification, Verso.
1988 Prepared for the Worst: Selected Essays and Minority Reports. Hill and Wang (US)/Chatto and Windus (UK).
1990 The Monarchy: A Critique of Britain’s Favourite Fetish. Chatto & Windus, 1990.
1990 Blood, Class, and Nostalgia: Anglo-American Ironies. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Reissued 2004, with a new introduction, as Blood, Class and Empire: The Enduring Anglo-American Relationship, Nation Books, ISBN 1-56025-592-7)
1993 For the Sake of Argument: Essays and Minority Reports. Verso, ISBN 0-86091-435-6
1995 The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice. Verso.
1999 No One Left to Lie To: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton. Verso. Reissued as No One Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family in 2000.
2000 Unacknowledged Legislation: Writers in the Public Sphere. Verso
2001 The Trial of Henry Kissinger. Verso.
2001 Letters to a Young Contrarian. Basic Books.
2002 Why Orwell Matters, Basic Books (US)/UK edition as Orwell’s Victory, Allen Lane/The Penguin Press.
2003 A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq. Plume Books. Originally released as Regime Change (Penguin).
2004 Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays. Thunder’s Mouth, Nation Books, ISBN 1-56025-580-3
2005 Thomas Jefferson: Author of America. Eminent Lives/Atlas Books/HarperCollins Publishers, ISBN 0-06-059896-4
2006 Thomas Paine’s “Rights of Man”: A Biography. Books That Shook the World/Atlantic Books, ISBN 1-84354-513-6
2007 God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. Twelve/Hachette Book Group USA/Warner Books, ISBN 0-446-57980-7 / Published in the UK as God Is Not Great: The Case Against Religion. Atlantic Books, ISBN 978-1-84354-586-6
2010 Hitch-22 Some Confessions and Contradictions: A Memoir . Hachette Book Group. ISBN 978-0-446-54033-9 (published by Allen and Unwin in Australia in May 2010 with the shorter title: Hitch-22. A Memoir.) ISBN 978-1-74175-962-4
2011 Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens. Twelve. UK edition as Arguably: Selected Prose. Atlantic.
2012 Mortality. Atlantic.

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41 Responses

  1. DIOULASSO says:

    The greatest gift and loss for 21st-Century thought. Don't bother even listening to Jordan Peterson before hearing what this man has to say. He passes on the message of George Orwell that totalitarianism is essentially theocratic. This is probably the most important point they can teach us. Theocracy and dictatorship are one and the same.

  2. Zennin Casl says:

    A glass of Johnnie Walker Black, and this, is a perfect way to spend a Friday night.

  3. Micheal Kelly says:

    I've got several questions I would have loved to asked mr hitchens, I like to create his answers in my imagination

  4. MrDoodlewatson says:

    I would love to have heard Christopher debate his ridged minded little brother about the subject of cannabis legalization. Peter's argument from what I could tell from his BBC disagreement with Mathew Perry is drugs are illegal therefore bad which is the shittest argument I can think of almost. I doubt a conversation like that has ever been recorded between the siblings but if so and anyone has a link please share it with me.

  5. stephen hartley says:

    29:40 wtf was that. that was rude

  6. Aodh Ryan says:

    Born with a silver spoon up his arse…Drank..Talked shit…Died.

  7. Josh Sokoloff says:

    Love these Hitch clips, has anyone else noticed he has this strategy where he will be done with a sentence and the host or in case of other debater starts to speak and he immediately starts back up with another sentence to interrupt them? If you haven't noticed you will now!

  8. plaguelock says:

    Hitchens sometimes answers people too articulately. Some of the people calling in are clearly less well read than he,thus, when responding to their questions or criticisms, he should in a way, dumb down his answers so that they can understand what it is he is saying.

  9. Rumel Ali says:

    Minus all the bullshit and controversial nonsense he use to apply to all subjects he was a very good comic and one liners

  10. Yung Jewdie says:

    01:28:45 Bible/history stuff
    01:30:30 Residence in Washington

  11. Jeffrey C. McAndrew says:

    Very impressive man!

  12. Zombie Prodigy says:

    Id bet if Hitchens was forced pick a political party in 2018 he'd be a Democratic Socialist forsure.

  13. Scott Taylor says:

    Hitch and his voice are truly missed.

  14. jan deen says:

    Darwin and the Big Bang, both intellectual creations that failed to answer real questions.

  15. Arna G. Smith says:

    I have preferred the King James version because of the fact that its translation was the work of a committee. Read about that effort in a book called God's Secretaries. It is interest to see how our Constitution came about in a very similar way.

  16. Arna G. Smith says:

    It is interesting that Hitchins mentions his very first doubts about what the authorities were putting out about religion.

  17. Neal says:

    Love question at around 50min mark, dealing with non for profit religion and how they don’t pay taxes. Wonder what the once socialist turned raging war mongering capitalist Hitchens would be thinking about google, Walmart, or amazon and their wealth fare queen business model or for that matter, that the education of women is now tied to a for profit education system.

    He lost is way and the proof is in these years that he’s not around to see, pity.

  18. Truthseeker Ireland says:

    At Oxford when HR and BC both were….another Marxist shill introduced to Yankee land.

  19. GracesCorner says:

    The smartest fool is still a fool. .

  20. I Flick says:

    Sit back, relax. Enjoy a few hours with genius.

  21. Craig Castanet, D.C. says:

    I love Hitch, but I don't romanticize his drug abuse, i.e. his licit use of alcohol and cigarettes. And I did see a disappointing roundtable discussion with the four horseman, in which Hitch sat, pickling his liver, with his cherubic hands and body, and smoking, obnoxiously, making his best effort to spare the others from the smoke. But I guess, no one can be perfect, and had he cared for his health, he might be close to perfect. RIP Hitch. You gifted all who heard you think and speak.

  22. DimensionZombie says:


  23. Dennis McKeown says:

    The guy's an idiot.

  24. Adam S says:

    3 hours of Hitch is a mighty fine way to guide me into the long weekend! 😀

  25. ALAN LAWRENCE says:

    Hitchens was completely wrong about the invasion / regime change in Iraq. Point one: The US had backed Saddam for many years, only deciding to attack him when he invaded one of their gulf oil supplier pals. Point two: There was no WMD in Iraq – and bush knew it. 9/11 was a classic false flag excuse to attack the wrong country. Osama bin Laden, using Saudi terrorists, was responsible for 9/11. Hitchens never mentioned these facts. On Religion, he was 100% correct… It's mind control bullshit.

  26. Rome Affair says:

    I think most people think religion is bullshit, it never sat right with me anyway.

  27. Darkaero says:

    still can't believe it's been nearly 7 years…

  28. Radley2612 says:

    Is this guy fro the DA's office

  29. Alan O Brien says:

    Hitch is without the sexiest stud ever

  30. J.R. says:

    Didn't like Philip K. Dick or hard sci-fi futuristic writing??…That may be the most interesting insight into Hitchens' perspective I've ever heard.

    Same as the Orwell comparison of how Hitchens said he didn't write novels like Orwell did, mostly just essays. Every man has his limits I guess, Hitch was just keeping it real.

  31. tigerburn81 says:

    "Am I on the air?"
    "Not any more."

  32. Brotein 7 says:

    Hitchens was a fan of Tucker Carlson? Amazing.

  33. Richard Miller says:

    Christopher Hitchens. A man of substance, intellect and learning with an unsurpassable wit the likes of which will never be seen again in our age. Honest and open, a staunch fighter against the tyrannical megalomania of every religion. An advocate for free speech with warnings completely overlooked by the world which is all the poorer for it. A modern day prophet with a penchant for truth, a poet a genius and a Gentleman for all time. Rest in piece Sir, we salute you.

  34. geosutube says:

    HITCHENS is right to bring Scowcroft and Eaagleburger into the discussion about the first failed Iraq invasion in 1991, and especially Kissinger’s involvement in the whole thing, and not restrict it to only the invasion by Bush, Jr.

  35. David Rich says:

    I am an Ex Mormon and read his book God is Not Great 6 times. His book has helped me in my transition out of Mormonisn after I resigned from the LDS Church. Thank You Christopher Hitchens. Saint George, Utah, USA.

  36. Broken Silence says:

    15:10 As of writing this comment, in the last week, Medical Cannabis has just been made available, legally by prescription in the UK.

  37. EDEN ETIENNE says:


  38. randall anthony says:

    his ideas on antisemitsm is bull.its self serving to him.

  39. Reg Munday says:

    Where is the first great Christopher Hitchens biography? Long overdue.

  40. Gerry Berry says:

    He has very small hands, I've always noticed that about Hitchens. Small hands, huge brain!

  41. Nathan Robbin says:

    Never heard a voice half as sexy.

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