World As It IS Hardcover – 14 Apr 2011
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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.
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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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.
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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Chris Hedges is one of the few informed and independent voices in journalism today. His extensive experience reporting from conflict zones and his ethical perspective make what he... Read morePublished 3 months ago by marina
chris hedges is a great man, he has been there and seen atrocities that we are never allowed to see.Published on 6 Aug. 2013 by wickedorwhat