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Christopher Hitchens, 62; writer’s ideas enlivened books, magazines, Web

WASHINGTON - Christopher Hitchens, the author, essayist, and polemicist who waged verbal and occasional physical battle on behalf of causes left and right and wrote the provocative best-seller “God is Not Great,’’ died last night after a long battle with cancer. He was 62.

Conde Nast, publisher of Vanity Fair magazine, said he died at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston of pneumonia, a complication of his esophageal cancer

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