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  1. June 24, 2014

    Neocons alone in arguing for war as Clinton waits in wings

    Before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Paul Wolfowitz, a prominent Pentagon official, quietly called the longtime left-of-centre...

  2. April 19, 2013

    After Orwell

    On the evening of Margaret Thatcher’s death, BBC2 broadcast a special edition of Newsnight. The novelist chosen to...

  1. August 31, 2012

    Life before death

    Mortality, by Christopher Hitchens, Atlantic Books £10.99/ Twelve $22.99, 106 pages He wrote very, very quickly. In the...

  2. The World

    April 8, 2012

    Some Easter reading on world affairs

    I am currently in Washington, DC. I packed two books to read on the flight over: “Russia, China and Global Governance” by...

  3. March 9, 2012

    How to have a conversation

    Perhaps it was the opium talking, but Thomas de Quincey once wrote that an evening in the company of Samuel Coleridge was...

  4. February 24, 2012

    The Diary: Simon Sebag Montefiore

    Would I prefer to live in a country run by the Archbishop of Canterbury or by Richard Dawkins? I’ve just been at a literary...

  5. February 17, 2012

    Why I’m happy to be a parasite

    I know how bankers feel. We journalists are also watching a public inquest into our profession, and it’s not pretty either....

  6. December 21, 2011

    Candidate kitsch in an age of austerity

    Three days before Christmas and 12 days shy of the Iowa caucus, Republican voters are still “shopping” for a candidate. And...

  7. FT Alphaville

    December 16, 2011

    Further further reading

    For the commute home, - The Trans-pacific Partnership, the most important trade deal you’ve never heard of. - Worst....

  8. December 16, 2011

    Politics needs God, argues Cameron

    God needs to be put back into politics, David Cameron has argued, treading into an area usually studiously avoided by...

  9. December 16, 2011

    Essayist willing to go outside ideological comfort zone

    Christopher Hitchens defined areas of debate and conflict – on the intervention in Iraq, on religion, on the nature of US...

  10. October 1, 2011

    TV work will be Hitchens’ legacy

    From Mr Keshava D. Guha. Sir, Jason Cowley is mistaken in his belief that Christopher Hitchens will be primarily remembered...

  11. October 1, 2011

    English spoken by believers in Islam

    From Dr Niccolo Caldararo. Sir, Jason Cowley’s review of the life and works of Christopher Hitchens makes intriguing...

  12. September 23, 2011

    The war on error

    Christopher Hitchens is living in what Philip Gould, the New Labour pollster and author of The Unfinished Revolution,...

  13. August 3, 2011

    A missionary zeal for leadership

    Mother Teresa, CEO Unexpected Principles for Practical Leadership By Ruma Bose and Lou Faust BK Business, $21.95 “The rich...

  14. May 6, 2011

    Speaking of the British

    I recently went on a business trip with three members of the British ruling classes. The late-night banter over drinks was...

  15. March 28, 2011

    A Wicked Company

    A Wicked Company: Freethinkers and Friendship in Pre-revolutionary Paris, by Philipp Blom, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, RRP£25,...

  16. March 14, 2011

    Patience with God

    Patience with God: For People Who Don’t Like Religion (or Atheism), by Frank Schaeffer, Da Capo, RRP£9.99, 256 pages If you...

  17. January 24, 2011

    Where have all the thinkers gone?

    A few weeks ago I was sitting in my office, reading Foreign Policy magazine, when I made a striking discovery. Sitting next...

  18. December 17, 2010

    Polemic in the hands of a master propagandist

    Last Tuesday evening, the journalist John Pilger mounted a near two-hour attack on the journalism of the two major...

  19. December 17, 2010

    The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas

    The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas, edited by Robin Harvie and Stephanie Myers, HarperPerennial RRP$14.99, 320 pages The...

  20. May 21, 2010

    Hitch-22

    Christopher Hitchens at Victoria Falls in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1977 Hitch22: A Memoir, by Christopher Hitchens,...

  21. April 5, 2010

    Abraham's children on the march

    The militantly atheist authors - Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens in the lead - are right, thinks Eric...

  22. April 4, 2010

    Abraham’s children on the march

    But the quite different contempt in which religious fundamentalists hold moderates – or at least the analysis that it...

  23. November 18, 2009

    The Making of Moo

    Nigel Dennis's "history of religion in three acts" may seem more urgently relevant today than at the time of its writing...

  24. November 17, 2009

    The Making of Moo, Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, UK

    Nigel Dennis’s “history of religion in three acts” may seem more urgently relevant today than at the time of its writing...

  25. November 17, 2008

    Everyday Drinking

    Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis By Kingsley Amis Bloomsbury £9.99, 320 pages FT Bookshop price: £7.99 You’ll...

  26. November 15, 2008

    Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis

    Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis by Kingsley Amis Bloomsbury £9.99 320 pages FT Bookshop price: £7.99 You'll...

  27. May 13, 2008

    Public intellectuals

    Gideon Rachman's Blog: Who are the world's 100 leading public intellectuals? Woundingly, I do not appear on the list...

  28. The World

    May 9, 2008

    The world's leading intellectuals

    Who are the world’s 100 leading public intellectuals? Woundingly, I do not appear on the list compiled by “Prospect” and...

  29. March 22, 2008

    Where everything flows

    I've known for some time, from observations of expatriates, that Taiwanese people can be surprisingly superstitious. These...

  30. March 11, 2008

    Being ruthless may backfire in the presidential race

    I have never bought into the right wing line that the Clintons were ruthless and amoral, willing to sell their grandmothers...

  31. The World

    March 4, 2008

    Favourite books

    If you browse down my blogroll, you will see a link to the excellent and eclectic Normblog. Norm has asked me to write a...

  32. February 23, 2008

    Paperbacks: God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens Atlantic £8.99 FT bookshop price: £7.19 Over the...

  33. February 23, 2008

    God Is Not Great

    God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything By Christopher Hitchens Atlantic £8.99 FT bookshop price: £7.19 Over the...

  34. February 2, 2008

    Audio Books: God is Not Great

    God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens Orion £14.99, 4 hours Portsmouth-born public intellectual and provocateur...

  35. February 2, 2008

    God is Not Great

    God is Not Great By Christopher Hitchens Orion £14.99, 4 hours Portsmouth-born public intellectual and provocateur...

  36. January 12, 2008

    Ire without smoke

    I never thought I would say this but Christopher Hitchens has been good for my health. When we were negotiating which...

  37. January 11, 2008

    Lunch with the FT: Christopher Hitchens

    I never thought I would say this but Christopher Hitchens has been good for my health. When we were negotiating which...

  38. December 22, 2007

    The Portable Atheist

    The Portable Atheist Selected and with introductions by Christopher Hitchens Da Capo Press £10.99 After setting the...

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