"One of the most widely quoted and dissected public intellectuals on the planet is also one of the most inscrutable." A colleague of Christopher Hitchens on the author's personal reticence. "For all the noises his liberal critics have made about his supposed rightward drift, it is actually remarkable to consider how intellectually consistent Christopher has been throughout the decades. The tell-tale mark of the ideologue is the code of omerta he adopts when it comes to failings and venalities of his own side. Yet Christopher has been almost ostentatious in his repudiation of such a modus operandi..."