Christopher Hitchens contributes an essay on books each month to The Atlantic
Monthly. He is the author of more than ten books, including, most recently, A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq (2003),
Why Orwell Matters (2002), The Trial of Henry Kissinger (2001), and Letters
to a Young Contrarian (2001). He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and
has written prolifically for American and English periodicals, including The
Nation, 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. He is
also a regular television and radio commentator.
Hitchens began his career in England, in the 1970s, as a writer for the New
Statesman and the Evening Standard. From 1977 to 1979 he worked for London's
Daily Express as a foreign correspondent and then returned to the New Statesman
as foreign editor, where he worked from 1979 to 1981. Hitchens has also served
as the Washington editor for Harper's and as the U.S. correspondent for The
Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement. From 1986 to 1992 he was the book
critic at New York Newsday. He has also taught as a visiting professor at the
University of California, Berkeley; the University of Pittsburgh; and the New
School of Social Research.
Born in 1949 in Portsmouth, England, Hitchens received a degree in philosophy,
politics, and economics from Balliol College, Oxford, in 1970. He lives in Washington,
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