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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Nation Books (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156858640X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568586403
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Indicative of the longtime war correspondent's experienced eye and commitment to social justice...[Hedges'] descriptions of the dangers of American 'political passivity' deserve careful consideration along with much else in these powerfully written pages" -Publishers Weekly, starred review" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize--winning journalist. He spent nearly two decades as a correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans, with fifteen years at the New York Times. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Empire of Illusion; Death of the Liberal Class; War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning; and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, which he co-wrote with Joe Sacco. He writes a weekly column for the online magazine Truthdig. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Alan Smith on 9 Feb. 2012
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Fantastic book but for all the wrong reasons. It lays down the truth about everything from politicians, the media, war, etc. It is not too complex either, it just lays out the world as it is (as the title says!). The thing that is so hard to swallow is that the truth about this world we live in is so glaringly obvious and simple, yet most people are completely blind to it as a result of the mainstream media system which feeds us garbage 24/7. In my opinion people are also too distracted to do anything about it, which is mentioned in this book. I have already read into and researched many issues about what goes on today and I have formed my own decision without the help of politicians or the media. This book just solidifies my world view. Each chapter discusses small issues in each area i.e. politics, war, etc and are at most 5 or 6 pages. I have read Fisk's Great War for Civilisation and it was a lot harder to read than this, mainly because it spans so much time. This book is very relevent to today and current events.

Would recommend to anyone who has a hint of doubt about the integrity of our governments, our media and our way of life in general. BUT BE WARNED: it's great for the wrong reasons, the future is a scary thought.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ian Bibby on 19 Dec. 2012
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This is a fantastic book that is both enlightening and disturbing at the same time. You get some of the information from behind what you see on the news, and it really make you look at your world view anew. Worth a read for anyone who wants to know more of whats really going on.
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Chris Hedges might be the Thomas Paine of our time, nonetheless, his background and life experience place him in a unique position to analyse the current state of national affairs.

The World As It Is is a collection of Hedges essays on various international affairs. It is not a straightforward singular work of literature in the same way that his other works are and therefore does not attempt to tie together the various partitions and chapters. Instead it is a compendium of thoughts and comments on socio-political issues that Hedges believes have shaped the global landscape that we currently live in. Despite having this structure Hedges prose shines through and makes this a compelling read, albeit in bite sized portions. It is only after finishing this collection of essays and through a passage of time that the title really starts to take meaning. This compendium virtually tackles and uncovers every currently peddled misconception and mythology regarding the rest of the World from a decidedly American stand point. If you are a fellow American and do not spend much time following and researching socio-political affairs than the sum of this work will undoubtedly shake your fundamental understanding of the World to the core, whether you agree with Hedges or not.

However if you are well read in both current affairs and history this book, as it is essay based, lacks detailed investigation of each topic. That however is not its purpose, and what it functions as is an expose of Hedges worldview and life perspective. This is useful if you want to look more critically at his other works or analyse his style, as reading his essays back-to-back definitely elucidates more in this regard than reading one of his books.

I personally picked this one up as I like to have physical books and it contains many of his best Truthdig essays.
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