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Christopher Eric Hitchens (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011) was a British-American [ 7 ] [ 8 ] author and journalist whose career spanned more than four decades. [ 9 ] Hitchens, often referred to colloquially as "Hitch", [ 10 ] contributed to New Statesman , The Nation , The Atlantic , The London Review of Books , The Times Literary Supplement , Slate Magazine , Free Inquiry and Vanity Fair . He was an author of twelve books and five collections of essays, and concentrated on a range of subjects, including politics, literature and religion. A prominent staple of talk shows and lecture circuits, his confrontational style of debate made him both a lauded and controversial figure. Known for his contrarian stance on a number of issues, he excoriated such public figures as Mother Teresa , Bill Clinton , Henry Kissinger , Lady Diana and Pope Benedict XVI . He was the older brother of author Peter Hitchens .