Published in March 2016 issue of Prospect Magazine
For those who grew up gorging on the rich rhetoric of Christopher Hitchens, this posthumously published collection of essays is a final treat. All previously published elsewhere between 1997 and 2012, the essays are, as ever, sharp and erudite—and at times a reminder of what Hitchens got wrong, as well as the things he got right. Many of the essays hold their relevance, at least for now. A 2006 essay from Vanity Fair discusses widespread surveillance of citizens of the United States by its own National Security Agency, several years before anyone had heard the name Edward Snowden; while two are scathing analyses of Hillary Clinton’s credentials for President.
Others tackle themes that are more timeless, such as immigration and identity, patriotism, and divisiveness in politics (he calls for more, not less).