He named six books that helped shaped his memoir for The Week magazine. One title on the list:
Darkness at Noon by Arthur KoestlerRead about another book on Hitchens' list.
Long before Solzhenitsyn, this Hungarian refugee (who had only endured actual prison under Franco’s fascism) managed to imagine the workings of Stalin’s secret jails. Along with Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, it formed part of the essential bookshelf of those intellectuals who repudiated their early illusions about the Soviet Union.
Darkness at Noon is one of Ernest Lefever's five best Cold War classics.