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The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress Paperback – February 12, 2013
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Hedges' work is a downer. Sometimes I read his columns and his books, and I am filled with paralyzing fright and sadness. He knows how bad the world is; he can articulate the horrors of war, greed, capitalism, corporate power, etc. ad nauseum in a way that is visceral and devastating. I know of no other writer who speaks the truth in such a dense, but accessible and compassionate way.
I am grateful to Chris Hedges. His books and columns have transformed me -- changed both my personal habits and outlook. The World As It Is is filled with wisdom, sanity and unsettling truth -- a truth we are wise to not only embrace but act upon before the world descends into a place from which there is no escape.
My description might sound bleak (ahhhh, but: the world is bleak, if we choose to see 'the world as it is'), but Chris Hedges doesn't blather on about hopelessness and despair; he states the truth as if we might choose a different way of life -- one that respects our fellow citizens and the planet we live on. Hedges knows the world we live in is filled with enormous pain and suffering, and also that there's another way. His sobering work has the power to nudge us in the right direction.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
social dilemmas that confront the human community, this book is a must. It challenges the reader to ask: "What can I do in my local situation that might make a difference in our world?" The writer is radical in his perceptions and candid in his analysis. Nevertheless, the book leaves the reader with hope. I
recommend this book.
Hedges’s tone is a mixture of anguish and anger, and his acerbic prose takes no prisoners. His style may be unattractive, even unsettling, but I can find no fault with his main arguments. His is a voice of truth in a wilderness of spin, and I wish that it weren’t so.
Here’s his assessment of Barack Obama, the candidate of change who became the president of the status quo:
"The American empire has not altered under Barack Obama. It kills as brutally and indiscriminately ... It steals from the U.S. Treasury to enrich the corporate elite as rapaciously. It will not give us universal health care, abolish the Bush secrecy laws, end torture or “extraordinary rendition,” restore habeas corpus, or halt the warrantless wiretapping and monitoring of citizens. It will not push through significant environmental reform, regulate Wall Street, or end our relationship with private contractors that provide mercenary armies to fight our imperial wars and produce useless and costly weapons systems."
It’s hard to disagree with this appraisal, and Obama is just one of the targets in Hedges’s sights. Obama doesn’t get anything close to the most space in the book — that “honour” is reserved for the government of Israel and its oppression of the Arab peoples of Palestine.Read more ›
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Disturbing but compelling information, Chris Hedges work should be required reading for all Americans who would still posit that the USA is or can again be a "great"... Read morePublished 2 days ago by stefan Lano
There are already a lot of articulate reviews here, I agree with Bob Nolin's excellent 3 star review. Read morePublished 1 month ago by doug korty
"Human" progress??? Why such flagrant anthropocentrism ?
Other lifeforms have zero importance unless they support humans? Read more
There are just a few people who are trying to tell the truth. Chris Hedges is one of the top 5. I never miss a book or article by him. Would that more people would read him.Published 9 months ago by Dana S. Whaley