The combustible author and Vanity Fair writer finally succumbed to esophageal cancer at the age of 62.

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Vintage Hitchens: Of Cigs and Fangs and Searing Wax | The stupidity of Ronald Reagan | Lay Off Chalabi | A War to Be Proud Of | Believe Me, It's Torture | Kissinger Declassified | As American as Apple Pie

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