Christopher Hitchens contributes an essay on books each month to <em>The Atlantic Monthly</em>. He is the author of more than ten books, including, most recently, <em>A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq</em> (2003), <em>Why Orwell Matters</em> (2002), <em>The Trial of Henry Kissinger</em> (2001), and <em>Letters to a Young Contrarian</em> (2001). He is a contributing editor to <em>Vanity Fair</em>, and has written prolifically for American and English periodicals, including <em>The Nation, The London Review of Books, Granta, Harper’s, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, New Left Review, Slate, The New York Review of Books, Newsweek International, The Times Literary Supplement</em>, and <em>The Washington Post</em>. He is also a regular television and radio commentator. Hitchens began his career in England, in the 1970s, as a writer for the <em>New Statesman</em> and the <em>Evening Standard</em>. From 1977 to 1979 he worked for <em>London’s Daily Express</em> as a foreign correspondent and then returned to the New Statesman as foreign editor, where he worked from 1979 to 1981. Hitchens has also served as the Washington editor for <em>Harper’s</em> and as the U.S. correspondent for <em>The Spectator</em> and <em>The Times Literary Supplement</em>. From 1986 to 1992 he was the book critic at <em>New York Newsday</em>. He has also taught as a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Pittsburgh; and the New School of Social Research.