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.
it is depressing but probably the truth
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.
Quite depressing but worth reading.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Hedges writing is straightforward and direct. One of the last great moral voices in the dying Empire.
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