Christopher Hitchens, one of the most highly-regarded political commentators in the U.S. today, visited Grand Rapids on October 3, 2006, to talk about President Thomas Jefferson's war in Tripoli and President George W. Bush's war in Iraq. He also gave a preview of his work in progress, "God Is Not Great." Christopher Hitchens, one of the most controversial and compelling voices in Anglo-American journalism, has written twenty books, including biographies of Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and George Orwell, as well as scathing critiques of Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, and Mother Teresa. Most recently, he wrote the book on atheism, "God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything," and edited "The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever." A contributing editor to "Vanity Fair," he also writes regularly for "The Atlantic," "The New York Times Book Review," "The Nation," "Harper's Magazine," "Slate," and "The New York Review of Books." Christopher Hitchens returned to the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies in 2007 to debate his younger brother Peter Hitchens on God and the Iraq War.
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