Follow the link for an excellent video (I can't embed it) interview by Charlie Rose of Christopher Hitchens:
From this interview you obtain a real sense of why Hitchens is so highly regarded as a significant public intellectual - intelligent, deep knowledge of history as well as current affairs, masterly orator, sense of humour, ability to think on his feet and recall detailed argumentation, principled, sometimes contrarian, loyal to his friends and awareness of his own strengths and weaknesses.
We need more public intellectuals like Hitchens.
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