Christopher Hitchens is one of my heroes. I loved his book god is Not Great and bought Hitch 22 with some enthusiasm right after it came out. I had also heard via the grapevine about his support for the war in Iraq and wondered if the book would address that in any way. I wasn't disappointed. So perhaps it's apropos to discuss the book as it also discusses 911 and his view of the event today.
I will say quickly, concerning god is not Great, that the books is well written, witty, and thought provoking. I came to the book as a former believer who had begun to wonder if I could believe in a deity as it was taught in the church. The only thing that held me back were the negative images of atheism that had been imprinted on me by my upbringing. It was his writing of humanism and what it meant in his life and to the world that convinced me that I would be safe without the "morality" of religion to tell me what to do. (Sam Harris was another convincing factor but Hitchens was the first of the two that I read).
Thus it was that I picked up Hitch 22 with great enthusiasm and I was not disappointed. Hitchens can weave a tale with wit and drollery and he has plenty of dirt for those readers who enjoy a bit of mean-spirited gossip, sparing no rod with the back of his ire for those he despises. I personally have no great love for Bill Clinton and feel the liberal media have given him a medal where none were due him (his accomplishments are barely step above those of a Republican in terms of what he did for employment or social services in this country) but Hitchen's uncritical eye on the Bush administration is almost maddening to the point of eye gouging. But I have leapt ahead of myself...
Still, well worth the read and I am considering purchasing his newly released (large) collection of essays.