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I found this book today. Debated whether to buy it or not and I....didn't:



When I read Hitchens back in the 2000s, he would often be proceeded in interviews by how "hard to pin down" he was and he loved to floss this. His memoir, Hitch 22, said he had "a life in contradictions" while one of his most widely distributed books was called Letters to a Young Contrarian.

With respect to someone we have lost, Hitchens wasn't really any of those things. Christopher Hitchens' motivations were pretty easy to figure out. It's not easy to make a living as a writer and he was determined to do so. His books had incendiary titles like "The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa In Theory And Practice," "god Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" and "No One Left To Lie To: The Triangulations Of William Jefferson Clinton" - designed loudly to get attention and therefore easy distribution and sales.

His support of the Iraq war got him open access in to DC inner circles and the friendship of Paul Wolfowitz. Before he died, he jumped on the Obama bandwagon and endorsed him as president. He jumped on the anti-religion bandwagon after the success of Sam Harris and then Richard Dawkins. I liked him, years ago, when I was a nihilist and a bit of an asshole myself. He wasn't a "contrarian," whatever that he is - he just agreed with whoever was offering the biggest paycheck.


Christopher Hitchens tried to get us to believe he was a high minded intellectual risking life and limb like Martin Luther, Thomas Paine or Voltaire, Josh Deeds, but he really just followed the cash. There wasn't anything else there really and that comes from a former fan.

People will be singing the name of Mother Teresa when everyone else has long forgotten him. She was the real deal and deserved her reputation.

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