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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada; First edition (Oct. 12 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974707783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307400741
  • ASIN: 0307400743
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.3 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #222,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Waterloo Region Record
“Hedges is a fine writer. And the outrage that fairly pours off the pages of his book gives it punch and gusto.”
Winnipeg Free Press
“Insightful. . . . [Hedges] is an engaging writer, and his passion alone makes for a compelling read. . . . Offers those of us who dare to refer to ourselves as liberal a lot to think about.”
Harvard Political Review
“Hedges raises some critical points that are as convincing as they are depressing. It’s an important little book for anyone who is concerned with the current state of the Democratic Party and liberalism in general.”
The Huffington Post
“A sophisticated analysis that’s grounded in much more than just political economy.”
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About the Author

Chris Hedges, currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute, a Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University, spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. Hedges has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, where he spent fifteen years. He is the author of the best-selling War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, which draws on his experiences in various conflicts to describe the patterns and behavior of nations and individuals in wartime. Hedges, the son of a Presbyterian minister, has a B.A. in English Literature from Colgate University and a Master of Divinity from Harvard University. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard during the academic year of 1998-1999. He has a strong grounding in the classics and knows Greek and Latin, as well as Arabic, French and Spanish. He currently writes for numerous publications including Foreign Affair.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 22 2010
Format: Hardcover
Read Hedge's latest essay on the fallen state of American liberalism and you might quickly conclude that something has gone terribly awry in this movement over the past few decades. While at times bordering on a political rant against weak-kneed liberals who have caved into the demands of the conservative establishment, "Death of the Liberal Class" tells a very captivating and complex tale about a force that continues to shape the very backbone of modern society. For Hedges, one of America's leading liberal intellectuals, liberalism has always been about defending the rights of individual to contribute to the greater good of society. Without that purpose or goal being worked out in the lives of individuals in a community, we become non-entities subject to all manner of cruel tyrannies. This book takes the reader through a maze of social and political developments where the forces of liberalism have surrendered the field in the interests of big business, big government, and the easy life. Repeatedly, Hedges stresses that academia, the press, the legal profession and political activists, as a liberal-thinking class, have failed to protect that which has made this country traditionally strong: its preservation of individual liberties. Instead, a false life, as seen in the corporate label, mass consumerism, and the prosecution of war, has emerged where the individual is enslaved to forces well beyond his or her control. This sad state of affairs, Hedges would have us believe, is the direct result of a liberal class refusing to stand up for honesty in government, accuracy in business, and integrity in the arts. To support his argument, Hedges rolls out a lot of evidence from America's recent past that show that liberalism was once a dynamic force for change.Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ronald W. Maron TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 16 2011
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Like the proverbial frog that finds himself in the pot of ever hotter water, we, too, have become oblivious to the increase in decadence and corruption in our daily lives. The decrease in the compassion for all others, the ever increasing gross materialism, the spread of narcissism throughout our culture and the holding on to the misnomer of "American exceptionalism" has engulfed us without us even being aware of the change.

In a style of reporting that even Howard Zinn would approve of, Chris Hedges clearly lays out the road map of where we, as a passionate country, began and where we are now; a nation that looks down on the less fortunate as being less than human, a nation that treasures the 'sacred' words of Limbaugh and Beck, a nation that professes its Christianity in every poll but behave as if the Crusades have never ended, a nation that has taken the concept of freedom of speech and stretched it into the prevalence of hate speech, a country that feels that the 2nd amendment was meant to arm the Conservatives against the Liberals, and, finally, a country that answers the question of "Am I my brother's keeper?" with a resounding "NO!".

While some may view the author's determination as being caused by a 'sour grapes' attitude developed towards the New York Times, I do not. I see this book as a last ditch plea for the American public to come to attention, become informed and to begin to take action against the past three decades of corporate take-overs. For as the author states, if we do not do so very quickly as a country, all we have left to do is to simply and selfishly save ourselves from the morass that envelopes the country.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alex Lyon on March 6 2011
Format: Hardcover
Brave for having the courage to clearly state facts and opinions most are fearful of addressing.
Fantastic for it's ability to make one critically consider our current societal situation.
Dreadful in the picture it paints of a citizenry sleepwalking into diasater.
Well written brutal honesty, this is one of the best books I've read in quite some time.
Anyone who feels there's something wrong in America today; whether that be economically, politically or socially would be well served by this scathing critique of today's corporate control of our institutions, and the lack of effective resistance against it....scary stuff!
If a good book makes you think, then mission accomplished.
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