- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Nation Books; 38603rd edition (June 12, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568586434
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2012: From the dusty plains of North Dakota to the coal-veined hills of West Virginia to the desolate and ravaged streets of Camden N.J., Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges and award-winning cartoonist/journalist Joe Sacco introduce us to the nation's "sacrifice zones"--those regions where, in the authors' view, corporate greed has run wild, and the locals have suffered. A unique mashup of investigative journalism, man-on-the-street reportage, graphic novel, and anti-corporate manifesto, the result is a riveting and often chilling account of America's forgotten zones. The balance between Hedges' narrative nonfiction storytelling and Sacco's intimate and very human sketches is surprisingly effective. And the stark depictions (both written and visual) of abandoned coal mines and empty downtowns and crumbling houses are heartbreaking, as are the stories of people struggling to survive. This is a special and important book. --Neal Thompson
“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.”
“The tales therein—both the intimate personal ones and the big sociopolitical ones—are as unsettling as they are impossible to put down.”
“Eloquently written and embellished by spare, desolate drawings from Joe Sacco, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is accessible and deeply uncomfortable.”
“[A] growling indictment of corporate America.”
"Hedges carries the mantle of Upton Sinclair, Howard Zinn, George Orwell, and all the agitators in fighting for the soul of nations when so many have forgotten what that means. His eloquence is in the eloquence of the lives he presents, and Sacco lovingly animates them. It's rare that a book carries so much courage and conviction, forcing reflection and an urge to immediately rectify the problems."
“…provides close accounts of some of the country's most devastated communities, "sacrifice zones." It ends with a detailed history of the Occupy protests and a declaration that "the mighty can fall.”
Portland Monthly magazine
"Days of Destruction is a riveting indictment of America’s failures.”
“The book is a primer for every American who is overwhelmed by the uncertainty of the stock market, who wonders where America's muscle went, and how much heavy lifting our kids will face.”
“The journalist Chris Hedges is a unique force today, because of his fierce independence and candor. He’s been writing about how politics is a charade aimed at making voters think the personal narrative of the candidate is the story although it never affects the operation of the corporate state. No matter which candidate wins, the money power in Washington reigns. That nails it, don’t you think?”
New York Times Book Review
Brooklyn Rail Rapid Transit, Oct 2012
“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.”
Midwest Book Review/California Bookwatch
“A powerful social and political exploration.”
Brooklyn Rail, Sept 2012
“Sacco brings his formidable skill to bear in Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.”
Asbury Park Press
“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.”
“[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 Zinn–moments 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.”
Ian Chant, Geekosystem
“As someone who’s long been a fan of Sacco’s international reporting, there’s something truly jarring about seeing him turn his eye to the many Americans who are suffering and barely getting by…. [H]ighly recommended for anyone who wants to see the comics medium at its strongest and most human.”
The Capital Times
Joe Gross, Austin American-Statesman
“…a bleak, fist-shaking look at the effects of global capitalism in the United States.”
Globe and Mail (Canada)
“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.”
“Hedges gives us the commentary, the narrative; Joe Sacco provides us with a piece of graphic nonfiction to give us a visual. The combination is excellent and telling.”
“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.”
“One of the most significant books published this year.”
Winnipeg Free Press (Canada)
“This is an important book.”
Ed Garvey, Garvey Blog
“It is a fascinating journey… This book hit me in the gut. It will move you to engage in battle.”
“[R]ead Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt to know what is happening in this country.”
The Stranger (Seattle)
“… a scorching look at communities burned out not by foreign bombs but by American capitalism.”
“…a unique hybrid of investigative journalism, graphic novel and polemic.”
“…a heartfelt, harrowing picture of post-capitalist America.”
“[B]rilliant combination of prose and graphic comics."
“The book is a primer for every American who is overwhelmed by the uncertainty of the stock market, who wonders where America's muscle went, and how much heavy lifting our kids will face.” –
“As a portrait of poverty, the book succeeds stunningly well.”
Barnes and Noble Review
“When their narrative culminates in Zucotti Park, readers will feel just as outraged as the protesters portrayed on the page.”
“The scenes in [Hedges’] new book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, unflinchingly depict the pockets of America in the worst shape, with the highest unemployment, poverty, and crime rates.”
“The stories shift seamlessly from Hedges’s passionate, on-the-ground reporting to Sacco’s intricate landscapes and humanizing portraits, penned with the kind of fine, stark detail that is often lost in a photograph…. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is a gripping and thoroughly researched polemic.”
By the Book Reviews
“Chris Hedges… is the journalistic master of demonstrative evidence and never more so than in this book…. Using the stark, black-and-white style of graphic novels, [Joe] Sacco presents… illustrations which, if they don't break your heart you're not really worthy of having one…. You will want to read this one.”
Kirkus (Starred Review)
“An unabashedly polemic, angry manifesto that is certain to open eyes, intensify outrage and incite argument about corporate greed…. Thr...
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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.