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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Nation Books (April 12 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156858640X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568586403
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Cassandra on June 5 2011
Format: Hardcover
The title of this book - The World as It Is - is, let's face it, not very inviting, boring even. I suspect that Chris Hedges, as accomplished a writer as any I have recently read, has deliberately chosen this title to ratchet down the intensity of this astonishing book. Reality is never easy to face, and certainly not today for Americans dealing with the condition of their country. The reality Hedges sees is ugly, frightening, and demoralizing. We are rushing to a global catastrophe, controlled by a corporate state, frightened by imaginary enemies, diverted by trivia, blinded by fantasies. These are the dying days of the American Empire, and we are not far from the dying days of humanity as a whole.

As someone who has seen the reality of war directly I can attest to the validity of Hedges' description of the brutality and futility of America's wars in Asia, and I have confidence in his analysis of the economic and environmental catastrophe that is the result, at least in part, of these wars.

If you wish to live undisturbed in the dreamworld of your fantasies of progress, material wealth, and imperial hegemony, do not touch this book.The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ronald W. Maron TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 25 2011
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If you ever thought that the USA was actively covering up a long-standing series of atrocious acts all in the name of 'patriotism', you were right. If you ever feared that the lessons you learned in school were tainted with a high degree of propaganda, you were also correct. And, lastly, if you suspect that the country in which you live is now on an abrupt downhill slide, these suspicions are also true.

Chris Hedges, through a compilation of articles and essays taken from his truthdig website relates to us a text that is both compelling in its depth and frightening in its scope. The United States of America is not, nor has been, the country in which we have placed our trust and compassion. Instead, it is a country that fully embraces the concept of imperialism and hegemony, and one that places power, and its companion corruption, above reasonable humanistic standards. Its sister state, namely Israel, is equally as deceiving and militaristic with its actions and attitudes towards its Islamic neighbors. No amount of banner waving, allegiance pledging nor Independence Day celebrations can remove, or even lessen, the negative impact that both countries have had on the present day world. The sole purpose of both countries over the past thirty years has been one of world domination and control. But, just as the credit card bill eventually comes in the mail, the monetary payment for such long standing actions is well past due. And we, quite frankly, cannot afford to make the minimum payment. We have, long ago, 'robbed Peter to pay Paul' and/or simply stolen from our domestic funding until we are now both penniless and desolate.

Wake up America, the corporatists during the Reagan era bought out the the ruling majority of the politicians!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By doctor bondolo on Feb. 4 2012
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I was very angry and depressed by the time I finished this book but nor could I put it down as Hedges has a very compelling message for all as he destroys "the myth of human progress." We humankind are like children incapable of controlling our urges as we lapse back ignoring the lessons of the twentieth century indulging ourselves in greed, corruption, the rape of the planet, wanton militarism and a total disregard for human life.

At a time in history,"the information age" when we have the hindsight and forsight to avoid pitfalls of the past we are retreating into a world of degeneracy.

The book is a collection of essays written over a number of years. Hedges writes compellingly with the authority of his vast world experience and his razor sharp insights.

Hedges makes his readers uncomfortable as we must confront ourslves in his writings, at the same time he has a message, raising issues we must confront with great urgency as our political elites betray us.
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