Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens
A Memoir

78%

19 Critic Reviews

...I fail to see how anyone could feel let down by Hitch-22 .
-Guardian

Synopsis

Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature. He is a fervent atheist, raised as a Christian, by a mother whose Jewish heritage was not revealed to him until her suicide.

In other words, Christopher Hitchens contains multitudes. He sees all sides of an argument. And he believes the personal is political.

This is the story of his life, lived large.
 

About Christopher Hitchens

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Christopher Hitchens was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Slate, and The Atlantic, and the author of numerous books, including works on Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and George Orwell. He also wrote the international bestsellers god Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Hitch-22: A Memoir, and Arguably. He died in December 2011.
 
Published May 14, 2010 by Twelve. 437 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Law & Philosophy, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Hitch-22
All: 19 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 3

NY Times

Good
on Jun 17 2010

...though he tries to be difficult, he’s so hard to dislike.

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NY Times

Good
on Jun 01 2010

“Hitch-22” does a sleek, funny job of rolling out his life story.

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Guardian

Excellent
on Apr 23 2011

...I fail to see how anyone could feel let down by Hitch-22 .

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Guardian

Below average
on May 30 2010

There's no sense of intimacy, of an inner life being revealed.

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Guardian

Good
on May 29 2010

Humour is one of his deadliest weapons and there's plenty on display...

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NPR

Excellent
on Jun 08 2010

Hitchens' reflections on matters literary and political are witty, intelligent and absorbing...

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Examiner

Excellent
on Jan 20 2011

...an especially poignant, extended, extensive, self-composed epitaph.

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Financial Times

Below average
on May 21 2010

...the book mostly fails to accentuate whatever redeeming qualities its author has.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
on Jun 04 2010

...I found the book thoroughly engaging, from one end to the other.

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AV Club

Excellent
on Jun 24 2010

In the effort to scrutinize both God and self...Hitchens has made eloquent, enlightening, and entertaining endeavors of both.

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LA Times

Excellent
on Jun 20 2010

You might disagree with him. You might question his motives. But not for a second will you ever be bored.

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The Telegraph

Good
on Jun 04 2010

...a book that overflows with good provocative sense.

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The Telegraph

Good
on May 30 2010

More than the sum of its anecdotes, however, Hitch-22 is an account of its author’s intellectual trajectory over the decades.

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Huffington Post

Good
on Jun 28 2010

The chapter on his mother is, to my mind, by far the best in the book, because his feelings for her are expressed simply, without sentimentality, and above all without the need to make a point or clinch an argument.

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Oregon Live

Good
on Jun 12 2010

Anyone who's been playfully spanked by British prime minister Margaret Thatcher...and visited a brothel with novelist Martin Amis (for research purposes) could be said to have much amusing material for a memoir.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Above average
Reviewed by Graeme Wood on Jun 01 2010

This is a good book, if not a serious one. Many memoirists, after all, show themselves to be much less.

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London Review of Books

Below average
Reviewed by David Runciman on Jun 24 2010

Kingsley Amis’s Memoirs, which Hitch-22 resembles much more than it does Martin Amis’s genuinely touching autobiography, Experience, is a very funny book because it is so sclerotic...But Hitchens is too soft for this style, and his memoir if anything errs the other way.

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New Statesman

Above average
on May 31 2010

This blend of self-vaunting and perfunctory self-deprecation is a common device in his prose...

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Mumbai Boss

Above average
on Jul 12 2010

Occasionally, Hitchens sounds a touch pompous but considering the company he has kept and the experiences he has had, we figure he’s earned the right to sound like a know-it-all.

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Gabe Rybicki 5 Jul 2014

I found it to be insightful, into myself and others. With a life like Christopher's, there's very little slowing.

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