Books by Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens, longtime contributor to The Nation, has written his wide-ranging, biweekly column for the magazine since 1982. With trademark savage wit, Hitchens flattens hypocrisy inside the Beltway and around the world, laying bare the "permanent


MORTALITY by Christopher Hitchens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Certainly, Hitchens died too soon. May this moving little visit to his hospital room not be the last word from him."
A jovially combative riposte to anyone who thought that death would silence master controversialist Hitchens (Hitch-22, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
ARGUABLY by Christopher Hitchens
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

A new collection of essays from Hitchens (Hitch-22: A Memoir, 2010, etc.), his first since 2004.

Whether on the invasion of Iraq or the merits of Vladimir Nabokov's fiction, master controversialist Hitchens has an informed opinion. Read full book review >

THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2010 by Christopher Hitchens
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"A wide variety of quality writing, both reflective and reported."
Plenty of good reading in this 25th annual anthology, though it extends the definition of "essay" past the point of category. Read full book review >
HITCH-22 by Christopher Hitchens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2010

"Revealing and riveting. There's little about his brother, his two marriages or his children, but other memoirs may follow."
Hitchens (Thomas Jefferson: Author of America, 2009, etc.) offers an engrossing account of his lives as a British Navy brat, a socialist activist and a leading essayist and intellectual of our time. Read full book review >
THOMAS PAINE’S RIGHTS OF MAN by Christopher Hitchens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Less exuberant than Tom Collins's essential book The Trouble with Tom (2005). Still, as with all Hitchens, well worth reading and arguing with."
O rare Tom Paine! Prolific political pundit Hitchens (God Is Not Great, 2007, etc.) sizes up the "self-taught corset-maker and bridge-designer" who fomented rebellion across the world two centuries ago. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2007

"It's clear from page to page that Hitchens, a columnist for Vanity Fair, is having a grand time twitting the folks in the white collars and purple dresses, in the turbans and beehives. Like-minded readers will enjoy his arguments, too."
Put an -ism onto it, and whatever it is, noted polemicist and contrarian Hitchens (Love, Poverty, and War, 2005, etc.) is likely to decimate it. So he reveals in this pleasingly intemperate assault on organized religion. Read full book review >
THOMAS JEFFERSON by Christopher Hitchens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2005

"A politician driven by self-interest? The very thought in the matter of the master of Monticello tells us that we live in revisionist times. Hitchens's slender study complements several lives of Jefferson while displacing none, and it's well worth reading."
A lucid, gently critical view of the great president and empire-builder and most literate of politicians. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"A well-turned collection with scarcely a false note. A pleasure for Hitchens's many fans, and certainly no comfort for his enemies."
A nicely provocative, if disparate mix of field notes, book reviews, essays, and appreciations. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Good bedside reading, with pieces that are short, digestible, and sometimes soporific."
A motley collection that illustrates both the obsessions and the daffiness of Right and Left during the '90s. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Admirers of Hitchens should find no fault with this appreciation, which is of an interesting piece with pal Martin Amis's Koba the Dread (p. 627). Neither should admirers of Orwell."
Vanity Fair columnist Hitchens (Letters to a Young Contrarian, 2001, etc.), late of the English New Left, provides reassurance for those who've been staying up nights wondering whether George Orwell has any relevance in the post-Cold War world. Read full book review >
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Released: Oct. 22, 2001

"A damp squib from someone who ought to know better."
Pretty lame musings that capture but little of Nation columnist Hitchens's not inconsiderable wit—and even less of his iconoclasm. Read full book review >