Christopher Hitchens, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Christopher Hitchens

British-American author and journalist

Date of Birth: 13-Apr-1949

Place of Birth: Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

Date of Death: 15-Dec-2011

Profession: writer, political scientist, journalist, literary critic, essayist, autobiographer

Nationality: United States, United Kingdom

Zodiac Sign: Aries

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About Christopher Hitchens

  • Christopher Eric Hitchens (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011) was an English-American author, columnist, essayist, orator, journalist, and social critic.
  • Hitchens was the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of over 30 books, including five collections of essays on culture, politics, and literature.
  • A staple of public discourse, his confrontational style of debate made him both a lauded public intellectual and a controversial public figure.
  • He contributed to New Statesman, The Nation, The Weekly Standard, The Atlantic, London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, Slate, Free Inquiry, and Vanity Fair. Having long described himself as a democratic socialist, Marxist, and an anti-totalitarian, he broke from the political left after what he called the "tepid reaction" of the Western left to the Satanic Verses controversy, followed by what he perceived as an ill-advised embrace of Bill Clinton by parts of the left and the anti-war movement's opposition to NATO intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s.
  • His support of the Iraq War separated him further.
  • His writings include critiques of public figures Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Mother Teresa and Diana, Princess of Wales.
  • He was the elder brother of the conservative journalist and author Peter Hitchens. As an anti-theist, he regarded all religions as false, harmful, and authoritarian.
  • He argued in favour of free expression and scientific discovery, and that it was superior to religion as an ethical code of conduct for human civilization.
  • He also advocated for the separation of church and state.
  • The dictum "What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence" has become known as Hitchens's razor.

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