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Chri stopher Hitchens is a great intellectual entertainer. He is witty, stylish, clever, brave, one of the greatest political journalists of his generation and someone whose own journey from 68er Trotskyist to “human rights hawk,” as he now prefers to be called, illuminates many of the big political arguments of the past 40 years. So he is the ideal subject for Alexander Linklater’s cover story in this, our May ’68 “40 years on” issue. Linklater is a fan and a friend of Hitchens’s, but no hagiographer; after reading his portrait you might conclude that Hitchens represents many of the most…

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