Christopher Hitchens


Christopher Hitchens, longtime contributor to The Nation, wrote a wide-ranging, biweekly column for the magazine from 1982 to 2002. With trademark savage wit, Hitchens flattens hypocrisy inside the Beltway and around the world, laying bare the "permanent government" of entrenched powers and interests.

Born in 1949 in Portsmouth, England, Hitchens received a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Balliol College, Oxford, in 1970.

His books include Callaghan: The Road to Number Ten (Cassell, 1976); Hostage to History: Cyprus From the Ottomans to Kissinger (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1989); Imperial Spoils: The Case of the Parthenon Marbles (Hill and Wang, 1989); Blood, Class and Nostalgia: Anglo-American Ironies (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1990); and The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice (Verso, 1995); as well as two collections including many Nation essays: Prepared for the Worst (Hill and Wang, 1989) and For the Sake of Argument: Essays & Minority Reports (Verso, 1993). His most recent book is No One Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family (Verso, 2000).

Hitchens has been Washington editor of Harper's and book critic for Newsday, and regularly contributes to such publications as Granta, The London Review of Books, Vogue, New Left Review, Dissent and the Times Literary Supplement.

Leave No Child Behind? Leave No Child Behind?

I scanned all the cheap effusions that followed the Bob Kerrey disclosures, looking for just one mention of just one name. Ron Ridenhour. Ron was the GI who got wind of the My La...

May 10, 2001 / Column / Christopher Hitchens

Covenant With Death Covenant With Death

The death penalty needs to be thought through by liberals, and its acceptance or rejection cannot be á la carte.

Apr 26, 2001 / Column / Christopher Hitchens

The Kiss of Henry The Kiss of Henry

It was touching to see Zbigniew Brzezinski and Henry Kissinger back on the tube again during the Hainan confrontation, with Brzezinski recommending to Jim Lehrer's audience that Ki...

Apr 12, 2001 / Column / Christopher Hitchens

Metastasis in Macedonia Metastasis in Macedonia

"The project of Greater Serbia," I was once told by one of the many pessimistic intellectuals in Skopje, "has within it the incurable tumor of Greater Albania. And t...

Mar 30, 2001 / Column / Christopher Hitchens

Fallen Idols Fallen Idols

In many instances, those who fetishize holy objects or sacred places are the very ones who exhibit the most depraved indifference to human life.

Mar 15, 2001 / Column / Christopher Hitchens

The Pardoner’s Tale The Pardoner’s Tale

During his closing weeks in office, Bill Clinton refused a plea, signed by many leading lawyers and civil libertarians, that he declare a moratorium on capital punishment. The mora...

Mar 1, 2001 / Column / Christopher Hitchens

The Embarrassment of the Riches The Embarrassment of the Riches

Are the Clintons better off than they were eight years ago? The evidence appears to point to a resounding yes. So why do they seem to resent the question? Probably because only a f...

Feb 15, 2001 / Column / Christopher Hitchens

Wiesel Words Wiesel Words

Is there a more contemptible poseur and windbag than Elie Wiesel? I suppose there may be. But not, surely, a poseur and windbag who receives (and takes as his due) such grotesque d...

Feb 1, 2001 / Column / Christopher Hitchens

Deep in the Heart of Texas Deep in the Heart of Texas

George W. Bush's and Dick Cheney's 'hearts' are in the right place.

Jan 18, 2001 / Column / Christopher Hitchens

Powell’s Secret Coup Powell’s Secret Coup

The coronation of Colin Powell will probably not be interrupted by any of the specific questions about his mediocre and sometimes sinister past that were so well phrased by David C...

Jan 5, 2001 / Column / Christopher Hitchens