By Greg Sandow
Updated August 13, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

For the Sake of Argument is almost frightening. You read Christopher Hitchens’ in-depth attack on censorship in Cuba and then turn the pages of this collection of essays and reviews to find he knows just as much about (to choose subjects almost at random) Syrian politics, the life and work of George Eliot, and the local government of Washington, D.C. Of course, Hitchens could learn these things by spending all his time reading, but no: To find out what David Duke is about, he takes one of the Louisiana Klansman’s most fervent supporters out drinking. All this makes the British-born Hitchens — a resident of our nation’s capital — one of America’s best-informed, most literate, and most passionate political commentators. He’s a leftist who doesn’t hesitate to criticize the left, but, more than anything else, he’s a moralist — a man who confronts iniquity and unabashedly denounces those who cause it as ”evil” and ”wicked.” A+