British American journalist, author, and commentator. The son of an officer in the British Royal Navy, Hitchens was born in England and grew up on naval bases. He attended Oxford University and was drawn to the political left of the 1960s; in the ensuing decades he would continue to call himself a Marxist, but he resisted orthodoxies of any kind and often took positions that confounded his friends and allies. Hitchens's journalism was published in the
New Statesman, Vanity Fair, and Slate; it was his long association with the Nation that led him to move to the United States, where he eventually became a U.S. citizen. Once called "a gadfly with gusto," Hitchens became best known for his outspoken, confrontational atheism. He wrote, co-wrote, or edited more than forty books; God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (2007) was a major best-seller. See also vanityfair.com/contributor/christopher-hitchens.