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|Courageous, insightful and candid thoughts on malady and mortality from one of the world''s most celebrated writers.|
From the Publisher:
Christopher Hitchens was on a book tour for his memoir Hitch-22 when he discovered he had cancer of the esophagus, an episode described with characteristic wit and candor in a series articles he wrote for Vanity Fair. In these essays, for which Hitchens was given the National Magazine Award, he describes his struggle not only with the disease but with its meaning to his friends and supporters, as well as his critics and detractors.
"Both elegant and moving, these columns display insight and bravery," wrote the National Magazine Award judges. "Christopher Hitchens is the best writer in the worst of times, and we are grateful for him."
Christopher Hitchens has been a book reviewer for the esteemed British journal the New Statesman and has written for several American magazines, including Vanity Fair and The Nation, where he has written the "Minority Report" column--in his words, "an attempt to mount a Left critique of society and politics." In his books, Hitchens has written on issues as diverse as Britain's obligation to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece, the conflicts in the Middle East, and Anglo-American relations; but Hitchens is perhaps more well-known for his scathing attacks on Princess Diana, Mother Teresa, Bill Clinton, and Henry Kissinger--whom he just about calls a war criminal. It was a surprise to many of his friends when he openly supported the war in Iraq; and his book GOD IS NOT GREAT was seen by many as a direct, and sometimes intemperate, attack on religion and believers. It infuriated those who may have never read or even heard of him before. Hitchens may have been at his best in his many public appearances and debates as well as in the media, where his erudition and rhetorical skills were on full display--to the delight if his audiences--and where he retreated not an inch from the tone and substance of his controversial writings. An Englishman by birth and upbringing, Hitchens attended Balliol College of Oxford University, where he studied PPE--Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. He came to America in the early 1980s, living first in New York City and then in Washington, D.C. In December 2011, Christopher Hitchens died from complications of esophageal cancer.
"Hitchens's powerful voice compels us to consider carefully the small measures by which we live every day and to cherish them." 08/02/2012 "The first seven chapters are, like virtually everything [Hitchens] wrote over his long, distinguished career, diamond-hard and brilliant. An eighth and final chapter consists, as the publisher's note informs us, of unfinished 'fragmentary jottings' that he wrote in his terminal days in the critical-care unit of the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. They're vivid, heart-wrenching and haunting--messages in a bottle tossed from the deck of a sinking ship as its captain, reeling in agony and fighting through the fog of morphine, struggles to keep his engines going." - Christopher Buckley 09/02/2012 "Despite Hitchens' distress from side effects that included neuropathy, chemo-brain and pneumonias that brought on nightmarish flashbacks to the drowning sensation of waterboarding, his writing is still vivid, complex and entertaining." - Heller McAlpin 09/05/2012 "Few writers wrote sharper sentences or treated words with more respect:" - Bob Minzesheimer 09/04/2012