Christopher Hitchens

He thought America’s leaders were unworthy of its potential as a great Enlightenment republic

In the decade since his death, Christopher Hitchens’s weaknesses have become our own

Ten years on from Hitchens’s death, the past seems more foreign than ever

Commentators used 9/11 to keep framing the world as liberty versus totalitarianism

Scoundrel, liar, cheat and toady, George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman is a creation of genius and a bracing antidote to our timid age

Where would the late ciceronian speaker have fit into today’s polemical battles?

Ageing controversialist

Nigel Jones, a chastened practitioner of writing biographies, warns that writing someone’s life can be a dangerous venture

Letters to a Young Contrarian: a twentieth century retrospective by a man who saw himself as a sixties radical

Reviews of Martin Amis’s new book prove that the best questions are the ones that no one asks