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Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle Hardcover – Jul 28 2009

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada (July 28 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307398463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307398468
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.4 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #274,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Remarkable, bracing and highly moral, Empire of Illusion is Hedges' lament for his nation."
Maclean's

"Each chapter of Empire of Illusion makes a strong case for how different illusions — of literacy, love, wisdom, happiness — taken together are destroying the American mind, culture and the nation itself."
National Post

"Each chapter torches one of our cultural illusions."
The Globe and Mail

"Hedges is a fan of big ideas, and in Empire of Illusion, he draws upon the culture of professional wrestling and pornography, the elite university, positive psychology and the financial crisis to fashion a social theory of everything."
Winnipeg Free Press

About the Author

Chris Hedges, the author of the bestselling War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute and the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University, and writes for many publications including Foreign Affairs, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, Granta and Mother Jones. He is also a columnist for Truthdig.com.

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