The World as It Is

The World as It Is

Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress

Book - 2010
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Drawing on two decades of experience as a war correspondent and based on his numerous columns for Truthdig, Chris Hedges presents The World As It Is , a panorama of the American empire at home and abroad, from the coarsening effect of America's War on Terror to the front lines in the Middle East and South Asia and the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Underlying his reportage is a constant struggle with the nature of war and its impact on human civilization. "War is always about betrayal," Hedges notes. "It is about betrayal of the young by the old, of cynics by idealists, and of soldiers and Marines by politicians. Society's institutions, including our religious institutions, which mold us into compliant citizens, are unmasked."

Publisher: New York : Nation Books, c2010
ISBN: 9781568586403
Branch Call Number: 327.09 HED 2010 22
Characteristics: xv, 350 p

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mckeett
Mar 23, 2017

Wow. There are some very powerful essays in this collection. "The Man in the Mirror", "The Pictures You Aren't Supposed to See", and "They Kill Alex" to name three. Hedges writing is filled with emotion. I couldn't put the book down which is unusual for just a bunch of essays.

harrm01 Feb 19, 2014

it is depressing but probably the truth

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writer13
Jun 09, 2012

If I were to describe this collection of essays in a single word it would be depressing. Hedges holds the actions of governments and politicians up to the light of moral scrutiny and often finds them simply lacking. His conclusions, no doubt shaped by the horrific experiences he's borne witness to, are guaranteed to leave the reader depressed. I have no doubt though that what he reports is an accurate picture of how the world is, and that is the most depressing part of this book.

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kgillo
Apr 14, 2012

Quite depressing but worth reading.

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melvidge
Apr 11, 2012

The book is a collection of articles. The ranting gets tiresome as you go from one article to the next. Hedges has written some must reads but this isn't one of them.

Kirbs Feb 28, 2012

As difficult as it may be, and it is, Hedges holds us to a moral compass, that at one time was recognizably human, now lost in the mire of illiteracy and grand self-delusion. To be taken in increments.

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velvetcactus
Dec 28, 2011

Hedges' warning to reduce our reliance on corporations must be heeded-or we will all revert to serfdom sooner than we ever imagined.
This book needs to be read slowly as each chapter provokes much thought, worthy of digestion and deliberation.
Plus it's damn scary.

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gramsci
Sep 16, 2011

Chris Hedges writing is straightforward and direct. One of the last great moral voices in the dying Empire.

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