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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada (June 12 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307362981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307362988
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Despite its subject matter, Sacco’s work glows with warmth, humanity, and even humor, but it also has an undercurrent of urgency—like it’s shaking us by the lapels, insisting that we pay attention.”
The Stranger
“The portraits . . . are powerful, and Sacco’s graphic artistry is compelling.”
Philadelphia Inquirer
“While the statistics and situations . . . [Hedges and Sacco] report on are shocking enough, the illustrations, which are often combined with a local’s first-hand account, add gravitas to the stories.”
National Post
“A heartfelt, harrowing picture of post-capitalist America.”
The Guardian

“An unabashedly polemic, angry manifesto that is certain to open eyes, intensify outrage and incite argument about corporate greed. . . . A call for a new American revolution, passionately proclaimed.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

About the Author

Chris Hedges, a senior fellow at the Nation Institute and Truthdig columnist, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist. His books include such bestsellers as Empire of Illusion, Death of the Liberal Class and the National Book Award-nominated War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Joe Sacco, one of the world's foremost cartoonists, is the author of, among other books, Palestine, which received the American Book Award, and Safe Area Goražde, which won the Eisner Award and was named Time magazine's best comic book of 2000. His books have been translated into 14 languages and his comics reporting has appeared in Details, The New York Times Magazine, Time, and Harper's. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ronald W. Maron TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 8 2012
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Using an intriguing style that utilizes both pulp fiction and literary non-fiction styles, Hedges and Sacco have developed a disturbing, yet honest, view of the 'voiceless masses of America'. Being not only previously defeated in former protests but totally unorganized, without political representation and lacking in funding, the four segments of society that were chosen should only be looked upon as being one of the many, one of the nameless victims to unfettered capitalism. The way out of this morass, to be honest, seems to be a near impossibility. While the authors spend a great deal of time at the text's end heralding the Occupy Movement, the result of such an spontaneous process seems, at best, very limited. Why? There are two reasons. First of all the moneyed 1% not only control the economics of the country but its political system as well. And, by doing so, the crowds were broken up through the simple use of police brutality. Across the country this was done not only in an coordinated manner but done under the guises of ignoring one of our sacred Constitutional rights, that of legal protest. The other reason for Occupy's apparent failure lies with the protestors themselves. When the group occupying Zuccotti Square first became newsworthy we immediately related it to the 1960s protests and, in turn, became very hopeful. But this era had one thing that this time is lacking; "skin in the game". It was members of that generation because they had dark skin that were being lynched, beaten and treated inhumanely. It was their personal pain that led to the initiation of those protests. Also, it was members of this generation that held 1A Draft Cards which were a near guarantee of being sent to the killing fields of Southeast Asia. It was them that first chanted "Hell no, we won't go.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Van on Aug. 12 2012
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Eye-opening assessment of what has been wrong with America, since the GOP (Greedy Old Plutocracy) and Neo-Democrats have been messing with America. Presents a clear view of what must happen here to reverse the recent decent of our nation into virtual-despotism, offering a future holding little hope for any of our citizens, but to watch the ultra-rich rationalize their unearned accumulation of massive yet unproductive gilt.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter R. Snell on Aug. 28 2012
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This book is a polemic, and an angry one at that.

We need more Sacco and Hedges to write/draw these pictures of the U.S. as it is lived in some of the poorest pockets of the country. It is a call to action and a move from armchair anger to on-the-street objection to what the élite are doing to our culture, our environment and our fellow human beings.

If you like Alain Badieu's message (try his latest - The rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings, 2012) but find his often dense writing difficult, then go for Hedges and Sacco. Like Badieu, they say it's time to move beyond party politics because the Democrats and the Republicans, both irrevocably in bed with the power élite, are beyond redemption.

S&H give us some clear and depressing pictures of lived America from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, to Camden New Jersey, to Welch West Virginia to Immokalee, Florida. As Zinn and others have shown us, the history of the U.S. is one of power versus constant uprisings by common people. Frederick Douglass (a slave who became a social reformer who is quoted in the book) said, "The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." He was talking of the American political and economic élite.

Hedges (perhaps in a rush to get a desperate message out) sometimes bleeds different interviews together with abandon, which can make for a scatter-shot approach. But this too can be seen as part of the immediacy of the situation.

What Badieu calls "immediate riot" is perhaps similar to the starting point of the Wall Street protests: they are somewhat chaotic, largely youthful, and (something the mainstream media grasps with glee) not always focused— what do these people want, etc?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean-pierre Petits on March 25 2014
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The story of moderne American capitalism at its best and at its worst for humans exploited and squashed by greediness. Moving, one can only hope that reason and compassion will lead more billionaires to change their ways and care for their poor brethen. The horrible collusion and complicity of American politicians, judges, all in cahoots to exploit vicioulsy coal mines, tomatoes handlers and destroy their brethen in reducing them to abject poverty is awesome. A few months ago in West Virginia tanks housing dangerous chemicals broke down, all of it was predictable and in that book. Shame on America.
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