Christopher Eric Hitchens (1949 - 2011) MP

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Birthplace: Portsmouth, UK
Death: Died in Houston, TX, USA
Occupation: Author, Journalist, Pundit, Philosopher
Managed by: Malka Mysels
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About Christopher Eric Hitchens

Christopher Eric Hitchens (born 13 April 1949) was an English-American author and journalist whose books, essays, and journalistic career span more than four decades. He was an utterly engaging deeply philisophical lecturer, mesmerizingly erudite, as he eloquently eviscerates the sacred cow of organized religion. He was on a mission to seperate faith from virtue, and topple the tyranny of fundamentalism. Salamon Rushdie, his close friend, hid out in Hitchen's Washington home for a while.

He became a media fellow at the Hoover Institution in September 2008. He was recently named fifth of the world’s “Top 100 Public Intellectuals” by Foreign Policy and Britain’s Prospect. Christopher Hitchens lives in Washington, D.C

A regular contributor to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic Monthly and Slate, Hitchens also wrote for The Weekly Standard, The National Review, and The Independent, and has appeared on The Daily Show, Charlie Rose, The Chris Matthew’s Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and C-Span’s Washington Journal.

Christopher Hitchens was the author of Letters to a Young Contrarian, and the bestseller No One Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family, and Hitch 22.

His confrontational style of debate has made him both a lauded and controversial figure.

As a political observer, polemicist and self-defined radical, he rose to prominence as a fixture of the left-wing publications in his native Britain and in the United States. His departure from the established political left began in 1989 after what he called the "tepid reaction" of the European left following Ayatollah Khomeini's issue of a fatwā calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie.

The 11 September 2001 attacks strengthened his internationalist embrace of an interventionist foreign policy, and his vociferous criticism of what he called "fascism with an Islamic face." Hitchens insists he is not "a conservative of any kind."

Hitchens has written of his homosexual experiences when in boarding school in his memoir, Hitch-22. These experiences spilled over into his college years when he allegedly had relationships with two men who eventually became a part of the Thatcher government.

Hitchens died on 15 December 2011 at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston of Esophageal cancer.

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