Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt Paperback – Jun 12 2012
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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 portraits . . . are powerful, and Sacco’s graphic artistry is compelling.”
“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.”
“A heartfelt, harrowing picture of post-capitalist America.”
“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 Gorade, 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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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?Read more ›
Most of the text is written by Chris Hedges, with short vignettes by Joe Sacco throughout the book.
It's a compelling read that paints a very harsh picture of the other side of the United States.
We are far from Hollywood, in the backwoods of the American dream, looking at the cracks that are appearing everywhere in that society. It's a stunning book, that will certainly make an impression.
Most recent customer reviews
Good book and arrived promptly however it had some sort of dirt on the front and back cover.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic book, a must-read. very interesting design with both text pages and graphic novel pagesPublished 20 months ago by DataMonkey
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... Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2012 by Ronald W. Maron