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Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt Paperback – April 8, 2014
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[R]ead Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt to know what is happening in this country.”
a scorching look at communities burned out not by foreign bombs but by American capitalism.”
The Stranger (Seattle)
When their narrative culminates in Zucotti Park, readers will feel just as outraged as the protesters portrayed on the page.”
Barnes and Noble Review
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt examines how corruption and greed have shaped the history of the United States in an unfortunate way . This is an excellent book for those who actually need a reason to revolt, and should be read by anyone seeking public office.”
San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review
Be prepared for an emotional experience without a happy ending. Be prepared to be defensive. Be prepared to be angry. Be prepared to be ashamed . [T]he book is accompanied by sections that are a graphic novel approach to the individual stories of the real people interviewed in these zones of despair. What is so overpowering, and discussable, in these biographies is that they read as much like a confessional as they do a history . Can there be anything more important to discuss?”
Book Group Buzz, Booklist Online
This is indeed an extraordinary, must read book.”
New York Times Book Review
An unabashedly polemic, angry manifesto that is certain to open eyes, intensify outrage and incite argument about corporate greed . Through immersion reportage and graphic narrative, the duo illuminate the human and environmental devastation in those communities, with the warning that no one is immune . A call for a new American revolution, passionately proclaimed.”
Kirkus (Starred Review)
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is a journey through contemporary American misery and what can be done to change the course, interpreted through the eyes of two of today's most relevant literary journalists . The graphics illustrate what words alone cannot, capturing a past as it's told, where there's no longer anything left to photograph.”
Asbury Park Press
[T]he radical disjunction between how Hedges and Sacco approach their subjects is fascinating and instructive. Hedges is at ease with the grand, sweeping Howard Zinnmoments of matchbook history . And if sweeping, historical connect-the-dots is your cup of tea, then you will find Hedges deeply moving. But if, like Sacco, you distrust all history that does not have a face, a name, and a voice behind it, you will find more to call you to action in the voices that speak from the decimated landscapes of America's deepest poverty, which we (like Dickens's telescopic philanthropists”) know even less well than we do the sufferings of peoples halfway around the world. Together, Sacco and Hedges might just have created a form that can speak across divides unbridgeable without the supplement of graphic narrative.”
a bleak, fist-shaking look at the effects of global capitalism in the United States.”
Joe Gross, Austin American-Statesman
[Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt] is, without question, the most profoundly disquieting (and downright shocking) portrait of modern America in recent years, and one that is essential reading for anyone wanting to comprehend the quotidian struggle of what sociologists called the underclass'. To describe the book as Dickensian in its horror-show reports of frontline industrial decrepitude and socio-economic dysfunction is to engage in understatement Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is unapologetically combative and profoundly J'accuse. And though many a conservative think-tanker could try to punch holes in its arguments no one can remain unmoved or unsettled by its brilliantly documented reportage from the precipice of a society that prefers to turn a blind eye to its nightmarish underside.”
The Times (Saturday Review)
[B]rilliant combination of prose and graphic comics."
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (Nation) is as moving a portrait of poverty and as compelling a call to action as Michael Harrington's The Other America,' published in 1962.”
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is a gripping and thoroughly researched polemic.”
This searing indictment of our unsustainable society is unsettling. To keep our chance for dignity, we must do our part to champion the organizers and whistleblowers, committee members and protesters. Amen. Pass the word.”
"[H]arrowing descriptions . Hedges tells the story, not only of the people but of the town, and despite the differences in setting, certain similarities show through: poverty, addiction, violence; but more than that, a long series of broken promises and mounting despair. Sacco illustrates these chapters with his distinctive, careful line drawings . [A]n excellent piece of journalism -- engaging, troubling, and in its own way, beautiful.”
As quixotic as the quest may seem, Days of Destruction brings the rhetoric and the reality into a nobler focus after a very disturbing tour.”
The Star-Ledger (New Jersey)
"It's rare that a book carries so much courage and conviction, forcing reflection and an urge to immediately rectify the problems."
A powerful social and political exploration.”
Midwest Book Review/California Bookwatch
This is a book that should warm the hearts of political activists such as Naomi Klein or the nonagenerian Pete Seeger. And cause apoplexy among the Tea Party and its fellow travellers . Sure, it's a polemic, but it's a polemic with a human face.”
Globe and Mail (Canada)
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is a harrowing account of the exploited American underclass . It is their stories that shape Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt to be a mesmeric indictment of an America that has failed its populace . From the title alone it is evident that neither Hedges nor Sacco remain objective or shy away from the palpable condemnation of capitalism and the American government. Regardless, they develop an accurate account of the despondency that plagues and divides American culture. This is an imperative read in an era where widespread economic depression and grief reign supreme . Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is powerful and remarkable, arguably one of the best publications of the year.”
This is an important book.”
Winnipeg Free Press (Canada)
It is a fascinating journey This book hit me in the gut. It will move you to engage in battle.”
About the Author
Joe Sacco is a Maltese citizen currently residing in Portland, Oregon. Sacco received his B.A. in journalism at the University of Oregon in 1981. Sacco has gained widespread praise for the depth of his research, the sensitivity of his handling of a delicate subject, as well as for the craft exhibited in his dynamic, sophisticated layouts and bold narrative. In 2001, Sacco received a Guggenheim Fellowship to help pursue his work. Sacco's work about the southern Gaza Strip called Footnotes in Gaza, received the Ridenhour Book Prize in March 2010.
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The man scarcely puts a foot wrong on any issue.
If you are not familiar with him, go to TruthDig and read his columns from start to finish.
By the time you are done, you will have a clearer understanding of why the world is as screwed up as it is, why the US is to blame for most of it, and why the US is in terminal decline (except for the privileged few).
If this doesn't make you very very angry - then check yourself for a pulse.
Chris Hedges is one of those rare people, speaking truth to power right in the moment when it is CRITICAL to speak truth to power.
With this book he and Joe Sacco lay bare numerous examples of what he terms America's "sacrifice zones" - zones of people and places who have fallen by the wayside ... tossed aside ... forgotten.
Where the "American Dream" has turned into a nightmare of almost unimaginable dimensions.
And this nightmare is not getting better - it is getting worse.
It is impossible not to be touched by the heart-rending stories of the people whom they interview - people who for the most part have done very little (if anything) wrong, but who are being run into the ground under the bulldozer of misbegotten corporate and legal power.
It was Plato who said "the people who see past the shadows and lies of their culture, will never be understood, let alone believed by the masses."
Well, Chris Hedges is carrying a torch for truth, and we would do well to listen to his clarion call.
If you want to see an amazing 9 minute video of Hedges which sums this all up nicely, then Google "Chris Hedges Inverted Totalitarianism Youtube"
Buy the book. Give it as a gift. Share it widely. We need to hear these people's stories.
At its best, the book is moving, informative, and insightful. It does an excellent job of showing the bigger picture without losing focus on the single individuals being harmed the most. What impressed me more than anything else was the moral core to the book -- the central purpose and moral clarity that informed basically all of it. He never shies away from condemning evil or pointing to the root cause of evil, and the moral outrage and empathy are palpable. Ultimately, it's an outstanding book of insight and a call to action that everyone should read.
This book doesn't leave much to hope for. Although the Occupy Movement gave a glimmer of hope, it quickly died out. My only hope is that after the American economy, wall street, and the big banks collapse; Americans will wise up and form a new economic and governmental system that is sustainable, environmentally friendly, and better represents all of America, not just a select few.
Every empire that has ever existed has fallen, the American empire is no different.