Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle Paperback – 11 Nov 2010
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About the Author
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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Hedges account is richly anecdotal; certainly the one I will always remember, and Hedges provides the references, is that 42% of college graduates never read another book in their lives (p 44). What he does not mention, and the reader can do their own informal survey, is the quality of books that are read by the other 58%. A casual perusal of an airport bookstore, or even the top 100 books, in terms of sales, at Amazon, can be disheartening. "The Illusion of Literacy" is a fitting title for the first chapter.
And in that first chapter the author managed to "draw me in" by discussing the illusion that is the "drama" of the World Wrestling Federation. I used to watch it with my son, when he was 9-10 years old, and even then he realized it was hokey.Read more ›
Let down a little by the relentless style it is nevertheless a breathtakingly journey through the underbelly of a giant.
The problem I have with most diatribes against the current power systems is that I agree with the analysis of the issues but no the solution. Here we aren't really given a list of solutions but rather the basic challenge to educate ourselves and pierce through the illusory nature of this world. No easy task.
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You know that feeling where you read something in a book and it makes sense of something you've always known but couldn't put your finger on? Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Should be read by everyone, an intriguing read, a very important book in my opinionPublished 7 months ago by Torbjørn Jacobsen
Does seem to repeat other authors on the topic but undoubtedly brings new material and analysis to light.Published 15 months ago by A R
The author puts forth valuable information at the very tips of readers, enlightens them to look beyond the illusions of media as a whole, the book is well-written with different... Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2014 by Abu Abukar
more great writing by Mr Hedges, gritty, a bit depressing but essential reading none the less. you can find more of his writing on truthdig.comPublished on 6 Aug. 2013 by wickedorwhat
I bought this on the recommendation of a colleague when I was decrying the lack of critical analysis on TV and in the press. Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2013 by Deb