Publisher's Note — December 16, 2011, 7:04 pm

R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens

We at Harper’s Magazine deeply regret, on a personal and professional level, the death of Christopher Hitchens. Christopher was a friend to me and to the magazine for many years, especially during his time as Washington Editor from 1987 to 1992.

Lewis Lapham and I would surely concur that some of Christopher’s best work was written for Harper’s. Among our proudest collaborations were “The Case against Henry Kissinger,” which ran in two parts in 2001 and was published as a book later that year, and his brilliant analysis of President George H.W. Bush’s intervention in Iraq and Kuwait in 1991.

Journalism and politics aside, Christopher’s sense of humor was perhaps his greatest weapon, and I will personally miss his irony, generosity, and resilience of spirit.

We extend our condolences to his family and friends.

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