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

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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