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Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens
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Jun 25, 11

Disclaimer: Hitchens' earlier book, "Letters to a Young Contrarian" help me get through an exceptionally difficult time in my life. I came into his memoir very much on his team. This is the second amazing memoir of a British rebel I've read this year. Unlike Mr. Richards, Hitch works more thematically, with many chapters in discussion of his relationships with his incredible friends. He avoids family time, preferring to discuss politics and disputation; this centers how how he went from writing a book about how Kissinger is a war criminal to being a prominent advocate of the 2003 Iraq invasion. Orwell wrote that "autobiography must reveal something disgraceful," and Hitchens, though scrupulously avoiding family drama, talks so candidly about having a life instead of a career that he does not feel disgraced. And Hitch is extremely funny.

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