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Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a columnist for Slate. He was the author of numerous books, including works on Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, George Orwell, Mother Teresa, Henry Kissinger and Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as his international bestseller and National Book Award nominee, god Is Not Great. His memoir, Hitch-22, was nominated for the Orwell Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
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Do yourself a favor and skip the Dawkins and Harris; they're smug, turgid, and boring, with all the human feeling of a tax return. Read Hitchens instead... A tendentious delight, a caustic and even brilliant book... Thank God for Christopher Hitchens.Mark Warren
Esquire

Dazzling... A campaign to put this glittering anti-theist tract on the national curriculum for "religious education" should begin here.Johann Hari
Independent

Hitchens is a grand rhetorician, and his double-barrelled shotgun of a book is high entertainment... As with Voltaire, his scornful laughter is a powerful weapon.Christopher Hart
Sunday Times

The anti-religion case has never been put so well, so comprehensively or so definitively as in this razor-sharp book... Hitchens accumulates a devastating case... Outstanding.A.C. Grayling
Independent on Sunday

Christopher Hitchens is a master craftsman of argument... God is not Great is undoubtedly the most boisterously entertaining contribution to the [atheism] debate.Siobhan Murphy
Metro

God is not Great is easily the most brilliant and fascinating contemplation upon the role of religion in human society in recent times, the Das Kapital of a tolerant, if exasperated, atheism.Kevin Myers
Irish Independent

To say that, during the past three decades, the world would have been poorer, duller and altogether a smaller place without Hitchens and his writings would be to utter a cliché of the kind he despises. It would also be true.John Gray
New Statesman

He has no equal in contemporary Anglo American letters.Jason Cowley
Financial Times

One of the most stimulating thinkers and entertaining writers we have.Bill Keller
New York Times

Essays on everything... remind us what we've lost in Hitchens - someone to provoke assent, outrage, laughter and thought
Sunday Telegraph

Read it you must, partly as a tribute to a great life well lived, but mainly because it is so entertaining
Sunday Times

Hitchens at his most stylish, savage, literate and brilliant
Observer

His unworldly fluency never deserted him, his commitment was passionate, and he never deserted his trade. He was the consummate writer, the brilliant friend. In Walter Pater's famous phrase, he burned 'with this hard gem-like flame.' Right to the end.Ian McEwan

Hitchens's voice remains civilised, searching and ready to vanquish all his enemiesColm Tóbín

A trenchant, learned, iconoclastic and splendidly witty commentator on public life and, as here, on his own private triumphs and travails... unremittingly elegant, a master of graceful proseJohn Banville

Mortality by Christopher Hitchens is an inspiring, astonishingly candid and ultimately heartbreaking account of one man's battle with cancer. And not just any man... a brilliant contrary mind, wonderful writer, world-class debater and extremely dangerous luncher. This book, featuring the articles he wrote for Vanity Fair while he was dying, will make you laugh, fume and cry in equal measure.Piers Morgan
Mail on Sunday Books of the Year

Characteristic of his elegant wit: philosophical, literary, ironic, sardonic, reflective and resentful
The Times

Hitchens's account of his climb to extinction is Larkinesque, and not only because his sentences stay in the mind as firmly as good poetry.
Literary Review

Hitchens's traditional strengths - his mastery of irony, his range of reference, his contempt for euphemism - are all in evidence here but there is a timeless, aphoristic quality to these essays that distinguishes them from his writings on politics and literature.
New Statesman

Apart from the obvious sense of denoument, what makes [Hitchens's] last seven essays so potent... is their struggle towards the shattering of illusion... The true struggle of his last writings is to remain himself, deep in the country of the ill, for as long as he can.
Observer

Witty, thoughtful and refreshingly irritable
Evening Standard

Shocking, intimate and astute, Mortality is a memoir like no other
Irish Independent