At a dinner party that will forever be green in the memory of those who attended it, somebody was complaining not just about the epic badness of the novels of Robert Ludlum but also about the badness of their titles. Then it happily occurred to another guest to wonder aloud what a Shakespeare play might be called if named in the Ludlum manner. At which point Salman Rushdie perked up and started to sniff the air like a retriever. Think it was a fluke? This is the way, when discussing Rushdie and his work, that I like to start.
Christopher Hitchens 13 April — 15 December was a British-American    author, polemicist , debater and journalist who in his youth took part in demonstrations against the Vietnam War, joined organisations such as the International Socialists while at university  and began to identify as a socialist. However, after the 11 September attacks he no longer regarded himself as a socialist and his political thinking became largely dominated by the issue of defending civilization from terrorists and against the totalitarian regimes that protect them. Hitchens nonetheless continued to identify as a Marxist , endorsing the materialist conception of history , but believed that Karl Marx had underestimated the revolutionary nature of capitalism. In the U. In the election, he very slightly favored the incumbent Republican President George W.
Conflicted by power, Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and acted as Minister to France yet yearned for a quieter career in the Virginia legislature. Predicting that slavery would shape the future of America's development, this professed proponent of emancipation elided the issue in the Declaration and continued to own human property. An eloquent writer, he was an awkward public speaker; a reluctant candidate, he left an indelible presidential legacy.
Christopher Eric Hitchens 13 April — 15 December was an English - American socio-political critic and public intellectual , who mainly expressed himself as an author, journalist, orator and columnist. He wrote, co-wrote, edited or co-edited over 30 books, including five of essays on culture , politics and literature. Hitchens described himself as an anti-theist , who saw all religions as false, harmful and authoritarian. He also advocated separation of church and state. The dictum "What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence" has become known as Hitchens's razor.