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With the onset of the Iraq invasion, there was an abrupt change not just in Hitchens’ tone, but in his authorial voice. Hitchens emerged a convinced American nationalist, deploying a full tonal diapason -- from hysteria to triumphalism, with the scale calibrated by braggadocio.

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The dead, God-bashing, celebrity litterateur is the target of a new book that seeks to yank him down from the vaunted heights from which he shilled for the American empire and defamed its opponents, writes Gregory Shupak at In These Times.

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