Hitchens' life led him not only through the interesting times in his own country of birth, but a lot of places in the whole world were history happened: Cuba, Czechoslowakia, Bosnia, The Middle East and so on. Now I can imagine what shaped this man's versatile points of view. Hitchens grew from a predictable 68er to a experienced traveller, whose opinions on recent as well as past issues are worth reading, even if oneself disagrees with him.
In this book you can read about a lot of past political issues in the US, and some views on people of interest. It is fun to judge the author's opinions from the future point of view; I took good lessons for my own political thinking.