Mortality by Christopher Hitchens

In the days of my Catholic education, I was told of a martyr who was boiled alive. When the time came, he walked up to the lip of the cauldron his torturers had set up for him, dipped a finger in for a few moments, pulled it back to reveal nothing but the underlying bones, and remarked that the water wasn’t quite warm enough for him yet. In the final pages of this great book we get a line from Christopher Hitchens that bests this wry, wicked humor at the event horizon of one’s death: “If I convert it’s because it’s better that a believer dies than that an atheist does.” Hitchens distilled. He was no martyr. He was a man. A great man the world was always destined to lose too soon