On the contrary

The greatest essayist in the English language. An unhinged drunk. A courageous humanitarian who’s kept faith with the Enlightenment values the Left traded in for vapid postmodernism. A war-mongering reactionary seduced by fame, wealth and access to the powerful. About the only thing the many friends and foes of the world’s most famous contrarian agree on is that, as Ian McEwan once observed, “If Hitchens didn’t exist, we wouldn’t be able to invent him.”

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