Who is this Chris Hedges that these reviewers scourge as "full of hate,' and a reiterator of paranoia? Is it possible that his intelligence, education and years of experience in observing and assessing human behavior qualifies him as a more educated observer than his critics at Amazon.com?
He is Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University, a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City and a Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities. He spent almost 20 years as a foreign correspondant spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, NPR, The New York Times and the Dallas Morning News on four continents and in 50 countries in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans.
His best selling book "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning," which describe the patterns and behavior of nations and individuals in wartime was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for Nonfiction, and Abraham Verghese, who reviewed the book for The New York Times, called it "...a brilliant, thoughtful, timely and unsettling book whose greatest merit is that it will rattle jingoists, pacifists, moralists, nihilists, politicians and professional soldiers equally."
Hedges was part of the New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of global terrorism and he received the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. The Free Press published his most recent book, Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America in June 2005. The book was inspired by the Polish filmmaker Krysztof Kieslowski and his ten part film series The Decalogue. Hedges writes about lives, including his own, which have been consumed by one of the violations or issues raised by a commandment. The Christian Century said of the book: "Far from the grandstanding around stone tablets in front of an Alabama courthouse comes Losing Moses on the Freeway, a refreshing reflection on the ten great Mosaic laws that is muted yet monumental in its own right."
Hedges is also the author of "What Every Person Should Know About War," a book he worked on with several combat veterans. Robert Pinsky, reviewing this book in The New York Times, called the book "...arresting, peculiar" and "significant." "Neither jingoistic nor pacifist," Pinsky wrote, "the book is about the moral authority of information, as it applies to the present and future nature of war."
Get a grip, folks. This man is WIDELY regarded as a reasonable and acute analyst of provocative behavior and movements.