Thomas Jefferson: Author of America

Thomas Jefferson: Author of America by Christopher Hitchens

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In this unique biography of Thomas Jefferson, leading journalist and social critic Christopher Hitchens offers a startlingly new and provocative interpretation of our Founding Father—a man conflicted by power who wrote the Declaration of Independence and acted as ambassador to France yet yearned for a quieter career in the Virginia legislature. A masterly writer, Jefferson was an awkward public speaker. A professed proponent of emancipation, he elided the issue of slavery from the Declaration of Independence and continued to own human property. A reluctant candidate, he left an indelible presidential legacy. With intelligence, insight, eloquence, and wit, Hitchens gives us an artful portrait of a complex, formative figure and his turbulent era.

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Christopher Eric Hitchens (English Christopher Eric Hitchens; April 13, 1949 - December 15, 2011) - American public intellectual, journalist, publicist and writer of English descent, columnist for Vanity Fair, Slate, The Atlantic, World Affairs, The Nation and Free Inquiry. In 1991, Christopher Hitchens received the Lannan Literary Award for non-fiction, in 2005 he was ranked fifth in the Prospect and Foreign Policy magazine`s 100 Public Intellectuals in 2005, Hitchens was named one of the 25 Most Influential Liberals in 2009 by Forbes USA. Honorary Member of the National Secular Society. Born into the family of a naval officer. Graduated from Oxford University, has been living in the USA since 1981. In his youth, Hitchens was influenced by leftist ideas and still describes himself as a Marxist. In the 1960s, he sharply criticized the Vietnam War, left the Labor Party in protest (of which he was a member from 1965 to 1967), published in the journal International Socialism, whic...

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Christopher Eric Hitchens (English Christopher Eric Hitchens; April 13, 1949 - December 15, 2011) - American public intellectual, journalist, publicist and writer of English descent, columnist for Vanity Fair, Slate, The Atlantic, World Affairs, The Nation and Free Inquiry. In 1991, Christopher Hitchens received the Lannan Literary Award for non-fiction, in 2005 he was ranked fifth in the Prospect and Foreign Policy magazine`s 100 Public Intellectuals in 2005, Hitchens was named one of the 25 Most Influential Liberals in 2009 by Forbes USA. Honorary Member of the National Secular Society. Born into the family of a naval officer. Graduated from Oxford University, has been living in the USA since 1981. In his youth, Hitchens was influenced by leftist ideas and still describes himself as a Marxist. In the 1960s, he sharply criticized the Vietnam War, left the Labor Party in protest (of which he was a member from 1965 to 1967), published in the journal International Socialism, which was published by the ultra-left group International Socialists. (still existing under the name of the Socialist Workers` Party). Hitchens` idols included Che Guevara . Over time, he broke with the leftist movement and became its critic; one of the turning points was in 1989, when Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa in which he sentenced Salman Rushdie to death. Since then, Hitchens has criticized the left, among other things, for its tolerance of radical Islamism. Hitchens often uses the term "Islamofascism" (or "fascism with an Islamic face") and speaks sharply about Islamic extremists. Known as a secular humanist, staunch atheist, anti-theist and anti-clerical, as well as a critic of Islamism. One of the most famous books written by him is devoted to the criticism of religion - God is not great (released in 2007). The main object of criticism of Hitchens is, in his words, "the three great monotheisms" - the Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism). According to Hitchens, religion is one of the reasons for the emergence of fascism, Stalinism and North Korean totalitarianism. On December 15, 2011, Christopher Hitchens died of pneumonia (a complication of esophageal cancer) at the Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. [hr] Article about the writer on Wikipedia