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Hitchens, Christopher. HITCH 22: A MEMOIR. New York City, NY: Twelve/Hachette Book Group, 2010. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 435 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's memoir. One of the best books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Features a DJ design by Eric Baker in bold yellow and the blurb by Gore Vidal at the back crossed out in printed red marker by Christopher Hitchens. The First Edition is now rare. Presents one of the finest memoirs by a great writer of his life and our time. Hitchens achieved bestseller status with "God Is Not Great", and those who found that account riveting will be even more riveted by its author's memoir. Hitchens was a formidable agent provocateur/intellectual. But what set his memoir apart from his previous books is that it showed in a sustained manner (at 435 pages) what an engaging and superb storyteller he always was, whether he was being nasty, naughty or nice. If God is, in Hitchens' estimation, dangerous and boring at the same time, Hitchens was surely his own best creation: "If Hitchens didn't exist, we wouldn't be able to invent him" (Ian McEwan). Christopher Hitchens died of esophageal cancer on December 15, 2011. In his blurb for "Arguably", Christopher Buckley described his colleague and friend as "the greatest living essayist in the English language". In his obituary piece, Buckley reiterates: "One or two reviewers demurred, calling my effusion 'forgivable exaggeration'. To them I say: OK, name a better one. I would alter only one word in that blurb now". The word is obviously "living" now that Hitchens is dead, and Buckley clearly implies that the vacuum will not be filled any time soon. It won't. Surely not by the garrulous pundits nor for that matter, any of Hitchens' literary contemporaries and would-be successors. Rest in peace, Mr. Hitchens. An absolute "must-have" title for Christopher Hitchens collectors. This title is now highly collectible. During the 2010 book tour that Hitchens abruptly suspended (which turned out to be his last), about half of the copies were already Later Printings. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. One of the most brilliant writer/intellectuals of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS AND GORE VIDAL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0446540331. $200.00

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