Christopher Hitchens, brilliant, acerbic columnist, has died
Hitchens, born in Great Britain in 1949, was a lightning rod for fury from both the left and the right. Conservative Christians were shocked by his 2007 bestseller, God Is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything and his dissing of Mother Teresa in The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice (1995). The left howled in outrage over Hitchens' full-throated support for the US war in Iraq and for his skewering of President Clinton in No One Left to Lie to: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton (1999).
Hitchens was drawn to political hotspots and wrote about these conflict for The Nation and England's The New Statesman.
A lifelong heavy drinker and smoker, Hitchens, who was 62, died of complications from esophageal cancer.