Ten years after the death of Christopher Hitchens, it's time for the left to take another look at his complicated legacy.
While his post-9/11 turn to the right has defined Christopher Hitchens
for the last two decades, we may now be in a position to rehabilitate
his long pre-9/11 career as a left-wing polemicist. Burgis reminds
readers about what was best in Hitchens's writings and helps us gain a
better understanding of how someone whose whole political life was animated by the values of the socialist left
could have ended up holding grotesque positions on Iraq and the War on
Burgis' book makes a case for the enduring importance of engaging with Hitchens' complicated legacy.