Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

Bold Type Books #ad - A prescient book that forecast the culture that gave rise to Trump -- a society beholden to empty spectacle and obsession with image at the expense of reality, reason, and truth. An instant bestseller, empire of Illusion is a striking and unsettling exploration of illusion and fantasy in contemporary American culture.

Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle #ad - A culture that cannot distinguish between reality and illusion dies, Hedges argues, and we are dying now. Nation Books. The cultural embrace of illusion and celebrity culture have accompanied a growing system of casino capitalism, which creates vast wealth for elites. Traveling to the ringside of professional wrestling bouts at Madison Square Garden, and to academic conferences held by positive psychologists who claim to be able to engineer happiness, to Las Vegas to write about the pornographic film industry, Hedges chronicles our flight from an ever-worsening reality.

Corporations have ruthlessly dismantled and destroyed our manufacturing base and impoverished our working class. Hedges exposes the mechanisms that undermine our democracy and divert us from the economic, political, environmental, and moral collapse around us.


American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America

Free Press #ad - But the ideological architecture of a Christian fascism is being cemented in place. Used book in Good Condition. We face an imminent threat. The movement's yearning for apocalyptic violence and its assault on dispassionate, intellectual inquiry are laying the foundation for a new, frightening America. American fascists, examines the movement's origins, which includes interviews and coverage of events such as pro-life rallies and weeklong classes on conversion techniques, its driving motivations and its dark ideological underpinnings.

Hedges argues that the movement currently resembles the young fascist movements in Italy and Germany in the 1920s and '30s, movements that often masked the full extent of their drive for totalitarianism and were willing to make concessions until they achieved unrivaled power. The movement's call to dismantle the wall between church and state and the intolerance it preaches against all who do not conform to its warped vision of a Christian America are pumped into tens of millions of American homes through Christian television and radio stations, as well as reinforced through the curriculum in Christian schools.

In american fascists, veteran journalist and author of the national book Award finalist War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Chris Hedges, challenges the Christian Right's religious legitimacy and argues that at its core it is a mass movement fueled by unbridled nationalism and a hatred for the open society.

American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America #ad - All it will take, hedges writes, is one more national crisis on the order of September 11 for the Christian Right to make a concerted drive to destroy American democracy. He points to the hundreds of senators and members of congress who have earned between 80 and 100 percent approval ratings from the three most influential Christian Right advocacy groups as one of many signs that the movement is burrowing deep inside the American government to subvert it.

The movement has roused its followers to a fever pitch of despair and fury.


America: The Farewell Tour

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Donald trump rode this disenchantment to power. Used book in Good Condition. Chris hedges’s profound and provocative examination of america in crisis is “an exceedingly…provocative book, but offering a point of view that needs to be heard” Booklist, certain to arouse controversy, about how bitter hopelessness and malaise have resulted in a culture of sadism and hate.

America, a bitter despair, says pulitzer prize­–winning reporter Chris Hedges, is convulsed by an array of pathologies that have arisen out of profound hopelessness, and a civil society that has ceased to function. In his “forceful and direct” publishers Weekly America: The Farewell Tour, Hedges argues that neither political party, now captured by corporate power, addresses the systemic problem.

America: The Farewell Tour #ad - With a trademark blend of…sharply observed detail, Hedges writes a requiem for the American dream” Kirkus Reviews and seeks to jolt us out of our complacency while there is still time. As our society unravels, we also face global upheaval caused by catastrophic climate change. Until our corporate coup d’état is reversed these diseases will grow and ravage the country.

All these ills presage a frightening reconfiguration of the nation and the planet.


War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning

PublicAffairs #ad - Hedges, has seen war at its worst and knows too well that to those who pass through it, who is also a former divinity student, meaning, war can be exhilarating and even addictive: “It gives us purpose, a reason for living. Drawing on his own experience and on the literature of combat from Homer to Michael Herr, destroying culture, Hedges shows how war seduces not just those on the front lines but entire societies—corrupting politics, and perverting basic human desires.

. PublicAffairs. Used book in Good Condition. He has seen children murdered for sport in Gaza and petty thugs elevated into war heroes in the Balkans. Mixing hard-nosed realism with profound moral and philosophical insight, War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning is a work of terrible power and redemptive clarity whose truths have never been more necessary.

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Death of the Liberal Class

Bold Type Books #ad - For decades the liberal class was a defense against the worst excesses of power. In this searing polemic chris hedges indicts liberal institutions, the national security state, who have distorted their basic beliefs in order to support unfettered capitalism, including his former employer, the New York Times, globalization, and staggering income inequalities.

Death of the Liberal Class #ad - . Hedges argues that the death of the liberal class created a profound vacuum at the heart of American political life. But the pillars of the liberal class— the press, universities, the labor movement, the Democratic Party, and liberal religious institutions—have collapsed. PublicAffairs. In its absence, the working class, the poor, and even the middle class no longer have a champion.

And now speculators, war profiteers, and demagogues— from militias to the Tea Party—are filling the void. Used book in Good Condition.


Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

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Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt #ad - Nation Books. Named a best Book of the Year by Amazon. Com and the washington postthree years ago, progress, pulitzer prize–winner Chris Hedges and award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco set out to take a look at the sacrifice zones, those areas in America that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit, and technological advancement.


The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress

Bold Type Books #ad - Nation Books. Used book in Good Condition. Nation Books. And in the pursuit of truth he has risked his career; even his life. I never sought to be objective, ” he writes. His essays draw on his extraordinary experiences as a journalist but also his conviction that the centers of power in America have been seized and hijacked by corporations, something the American media pays deference to.

Because the press is not concerned with distinguishing truth from news, it has become nothing more than courtiers to the elite, because it lacks a moral compass, shameless hedonists of power and absurd court propagandists. Chris hedges insists that unless we begin to stand fast around moral imperatives, ones we cannot abandon and must be willing to fight the formal systems of power to advance, we will be complicit in our self-annihilation.

Hedges lyrically and fearlessly dissects the most controversial issues of the day: America's wars of self-destruction in Iraq and Afghanistan, the decay of American empire at home and abroad, Israel's ghettoization of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, and the failure of American liberalism. He prizes the truth over news and facts.

The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress #ad - . Acclaimed journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges is one of the great moral voices of our age. PublicAffairs. How can you be objective about death squads in el salvador, massacres in iraq, how can you be objective about those who are responsible for this suffering?”The World As It Is is a collection of Hedges essays originally published by Truthdig, or Serbian sniper fire that gunned down unarmed civilians including children in Sarajevo? How can you be neutral about the masters and profiteers of war who lie and dissemble to hide the crimes they commit and the profits they make? How can you be objective about human pain? And finally, the Webby Award-winning progressive news website.



Hot Books #ad - Nation Books. Whether it is covering the dissolution of former Soviet states or embedding in the Middle East to understand the post-9/11 world, he has been a singular voice pushing against mainstream media disinformation and the amnesia of establishment received wisdom. He tackles the rise of a fascist right in support of Donald Trump, which advocates xenophobia and violence in a push for American totalitarianism.

He is an intellectual bomb thrower, who continues to confront American empire in the most incisive, challenging ways. And that’s just the start. He possesses a clear understanding of the challenges that lie before us, and has proven to be ahead of the curve time and again. Moreover, he shows his support for contemporary revolts against this twisted order—such as Black Lives Matter—that represent Americans refusing to take the destruction of their country lying down.

Unspeakable #ad - . He tears into the contemporary glamorization of the military and the unchecked, unchallenged hawkishness that defines contemporary American foreign policy. Nation Books. Like many of our most important thinkers, he has been relegated to the margins because of ideas deemed too radical—or true—for public consumption.

He is an intellectual heir to american radical heroes such as Thomas Paine and Noam Chomsky, and is dedicated to reigniting a shared commitment to radical equality and honesty. Hedges here speaks up about the most pressing issues that currently face our nation.


Wages of Rebellion

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Revolutions come in waves and cycles. In wages of rebellion, rebellion, chris hedges—who has chronicled the malaise and sickness of a society in terminal moral decline in his books Empire of Illusion and Death of the Liberal Class—investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, and resistance.

Wages of Rebellion #ad - Nation Books. Nation Books. Drawing on an ambitious overview of prominent philosophers, historians, and literary figures he shows not only the harbingers of a coming crisis but also the nascent seeds of rebellion. PublicAffairs. Hedges' message is clear: popular uprisings in the United States and around the world are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.

Focusing on the stories of rebels from around the world and throughout history, Hedges investigates what it takes to be a rebel in modern times. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement.

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Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism - New Edition

Princeton University Press #ad - At worst it is a place where corporate power no longer answers to state controls. Democracy is struggling in America--by now this statement is almost cliché. Nation Books. PublicAffairs. Now with a new introduction by pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Chris Hedges, Democracy Incorporated remains an essential work for understanding the state of democracy in America.

Nation Books. He argues passionately that democracy's best hope lies in citizens themselves learning anew to exercise power at the local level. Democracy incorporated is one of the most worrying diagnoses of America's political ills to emerge in decades. Wolin makes clear that today's america is in no way morally or politically comparable to totalitarian states like Nazi Germany, yet he warns that unchecked economic power risks verging on total power and has its own unnerving pathologies.

Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism - New Edition #ad - At best the nation has become a "managed democracy" where the public is shepherded, not sovereign. Used book in Good Condition. But what if the country is no longer a democracy at all? in democracy incorporated, sheldon wolin considers the unthinkable: has America unwittingly morphed into a new and strange kind of political hybrid, one where economic and state powers are conjoined and virtually unbridled? Can the nation check its descent into what the author terms "inverted totalitarianism"? Wolin portrays a country where citizens are politically uninterested and submissive--and where elites are eager to keep them that way.

It is sure to be a lightning rod for political debate for years to come. Wolin examines the myths and mythmaking that justify today's politics, the quest for an ever-expanding economy, and the perverse attractions of an endless war on terror.


Revised and Updated: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before - Generation Me

Atria Books #ad - Twenge uses data from 11 million respondents to reveal shocking truths about this generation, including dramatic differences in sexual behavior and religious practice, and controversial predictions about what the future holds for them and society as a whole. Atria Books. Dr. Engaging, prescriptive, generation me gives boomers and GenX’ers new and fascinating insights into their offspring, twenties, and funny, controversial, and helps those in their teens, and thirties find their road to happiness.

In this provocative and newly revised book, headline-making psychologist Dr. Twenge incorporates the latest research, data, as well as new stories and cultural references, and statistics, to show how “Gen Me-ers” have shifted the American character, redefining what it means to be an individual in today’s society.

Revised and Updated: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before - Generation Me #ad - Nation Books. The children of the baby boomers are not only feeling the effects of the recession and the changing job market—they are affecting change the world over. Now, in this new edition of Generation Me, Dr. Nation Books. PublicAffairs. Her often humorous, disappointments, eyebrow-raising stories about real people vividly bring to life the hopes, and challenges of Generation Me.

Jean twenge explores why the young people she calls “Generation Me” are tolerant, narcissistic, distrustful, and ambitious but also disengaged, confident, open-minded, and anxious.