Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens was a well known author, journalist and literary critic. He was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, provided a monthly essay on books for The Atlantic Monthly and wrote for The Nation, Wall Street Journal, The London Review of Books, Granta, Harper's, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, New Left Review, Slate, The New York Review of Books, Newsweek International, The Times Literary Supplement, and The Washington Post.

A regular television and radio commentator, Hitchens also published more than a dozen books including God is Not Great: The Case Against Religion (Warner Twelve), which posits that organized religion does more harm than good, and explains how society would benefit if faith remained personal rather than public. Hitchens also taught as a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Pittsburgh; and the New School of Social Research.

Although his political ideas and positions may have changed through his career, he steadfastly remained a believer in the Enlightenment values of secularism, humanism and reason. Later in his life, Hitchens focused on protecting our secular democracy against efforts -- both foreign and domestic -- to impose what he called "theocratic fascism."

He was born in 1949 in Portsmouth, England, and received a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics from Balliol College, Oxford, in 1970. Hitchens lived in Washington, D.C. until his death in December of 2011.

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