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Christopher Hitchens

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CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, until his death in December 2011, was a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and a regular columnist for Slate. He was the author of numerous books and collections, including God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything; Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays; and Arguably. Born in 1949 in Portsmouth, England, Hitchens received a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics from Balliol College, Oxford, in 1970. Mortality, a collection based on his final essays, was published in 2012.