Christopher Eric Hitchens (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011) was a British American author, philosopher, polemicist, debater, and journalist. He contributed to New Statesman, The Nation, The Atlantic, The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement and Vanity Fair. Hitchens was the author, co-author, editor and co-editor of over thirty books, including five collections of essays, and concentrated on a range of subjects, including politics, literature and religion. A 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, Hitchens excoriated such public figures as Mother Teresa, Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Pope Benedict XVI. He was the elder brother of author Peter Hitchens.
Hitchens partook in numerous debates arguing against blind faith and for sekular values. His style is exemplary – full of whit and with such vigour and assertiveness in his voice that it was almost impossible to talk over him.
The documentary collision focuses on him on a series of book-promotion debates that he had with pastor Douglas Wilson – fierce opponent but kindred spirit.
If you won’t have the time to watch the entire documentary, make sure not to miss the final monologue of Hitchens – it is an impressively elocuted anecdote with deep emotional impact that has been amplified by perfect editing and music selection (skip to 1:24:12). Background: