The late Christopher Hitchens' 'Hitch-22: A Memoir' is as one would expect as intelligent, fascinating and as multi-faceted as the the man himself. I'm still devastated by his death from a hard fought cancer. I regard his to have been one of the great minds of the 20th Century. He would clearly winch at such a description but it's a genuine assessment and I know it's shared by many thousands, probably as many as disliked him. A razor sharp mind; a prodigious memory and one of the best read journalist/authors I've ever known. Hitchens carved out a well deserved career as a journalist reporting and analyzing global politics, world leaders and casting his keen perception on any issue that looked fake, harmful or corrupt. A natural debater and public speaker he had the knack of making anyone, no matter how high or 'mighty' seriously uncomfortable when he exposed them for what they were. One of his long time 'targets' was Henry Kissinger whom he disliked with a passion that was returned. When he appeared at the funeral of a close friend and noticed Kissinger was there he had to vacate the cathedral, unable to share even 'sacred' air with the man. He had the 'goods' on Henry and, to the shock of many, also on Mother Teresa whom he proved was not a shining example of religious good works. This developed his long-held atheist standpoint and he soon became infamous amongst religious heavyweights the world over. Using his, often, unassailable logic and evidence he was keen to debate anyone who attacked his worldview. But 'Hitch' as he liked to be known, was also a down to earth, ordinary man with an extraordinary mind who loved to joke, drink and smoke. I urge everyone interested in examples of great journalism, writing and debate to read this truly fascinating, at times funny, book; it may change the way you view members of the establishment and the world in general. VALE Hitch.
This was a bad first draft with a need for a good edit. Understandably given the end of his life he didn't have a great deal of time and that tragedy struck too soon but his book is so badly written, someone should have had a go at a re-structure and severe slash with a red marker.
A lovely read, testament to Hitchens' intelligence and humour, and which makes me feel his loss all the more. How fascinating his response would have been to this Trump era. For my part l can't quite understand the comments criticising the book as poorly written/edited - l enjoyed his turn of phrase and have no criticism of the book's structure. l did find the American spelling annoying, however. He is a great loss.