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'Hitch-22': 6 Juicy Celebrity Bites From Christopher Hitchens's New Memoir (PHOTOS, POLL)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 06/08/10 08:27 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:40 PM ET

In recent years, Christopher Hitchens's personality has almost always overshadowed his prose. So, it seems fitting that the 61-year-old rhetorical pugilist's new book is his memoir, "Hitch-22."

With his razor-sharp wit, Hitchens recounts everything from the shocking details of his mother's death to his visit to a Thai brothel, with plenty of eyebrow-raising interludes along the way.

As close friend Ian McEwan noted: "If Hitchens didn't exist, we wouldn't be able to invent him."

Herewith, a cheat sheet to "Hitch-22" and some of its more scintillating contents.

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Hitchens is relentless in recounting Bill Clinton's exploits during his years as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. He mentions Clinton's allergy to smoke -- supporting his famous "I did not inhale" claim -- but goes on to mention the former president's affinity for consuming marijuana in the form of cookies and brownies.

Hitchens does not stop there though. His scathing expose of Clinton continues later on in the memoir when he describes Clinton as a hypocrite who tried to have things "both ways." Worse yet, he suggests Clinton may have been "snitching" on Hitchens and his friends to the CIA regarding their anti-war activity.

Hitchens throws in more Clinton gossip such as his involvement with a group of female Leckford Road residents -- but not in the way you might think. Mistaking their invitations as innocent, the former president soon learned that he had been taken in by the siren's song. The women would use handsome men to attract beautiful and charming young women to their parties, only to persuade them to partake in lesbian orgies.
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