As you may already know, Christopher Hitchens passed away today. Among his many attributes, I most admired his love of the written form. Over the years I’ve built a list of books recommended and written by Hitchens and while I’ve yet to read even a third, the eventual goal is to read them all. Of those I’ve read from his list, my favorites include:
- The Plague by Camus
- The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
- Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
- The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
- The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
- The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche by H.L. Mencken
There are ~190 additional titles to explore on the current list. Regardless of your feelings on Hitchens’ anti-theism, his literary tastes were eclectic so there should be much to love in the full listing. It’s sad to think that it’s not likely that this list will substantially grow — save for the occasional correction of omissions.
inspired by an excellent Goodreads list
Thank you Mr. Hitchens.