Christopher Hitchens Dies: His Best Writing, Photos, and More

December 16th, 2011

The Daily Beast
Dec. 16, 2011

Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011

The polemical writer, journalist and literary critic was a contributor to Newsweek and The Daily Beast and the George Orwell of his time. He rained his righteous wit on figures such as Mother Teresa, Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Gore Vidal, Noam Chomsky, and even God, but always with a rush of wrathful passion for justice and the truth. He’s known for being one of the great essayists of our ageā€”the most famous of them were scorching attacks against Mother Teresa (calling her a fanatic and a fraud), Henry Kissinger (making a brutal case against him for alleged war crimes), and Bill Clinton (attacking him for corruption and rottenness in a book and in Newsweek). He wrote eloquently on Orwell and his other heroes, like Thomas Paine; was one of the leaders of the “New Atheism” movement; and bewildered many by fervently supporting the war in Iraq. He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2010, and was receiving treatment in Houston until recent days, when he entered hospice care. He was 62. Hitchens, who said: “One of the beginnings of human emancipation is the ability to laugh at authority.”

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