Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 7, 2006 - Philosophy - 206 pages
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In Losing Moses on the Freeway, Chris Hedges, veteran war correspondent and author of the bestselling War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, delivers an impassioned, eloquent call to heed the wisdom of the 10 Commandments. Celebrated for his courageous reporting on the crucial issues of our time, Hedges, who graduated from seminary at Harvard Divinity School, explores the challenge of living according to these moral precepts we have tried to follow, often unsuccessfully, for the past 6,000 years. The commandments, he writes, do not save us from evil. Instead they save us from committing evil.

Inspired by unyielding faith, rigorous moral scrutiny, and a fierce sense of social responsibility, Hedges offers a breathtaking meditation on modern life. Losing Moses on the Freeway illustrates how the commandments usually choose us -- and how we are rarely able to choose them. We cannot protect ourselves from theft, greed, adultery, or envy, nor from the impulses that lead us to commit evil acts. In honoring the commandments, we free ourselves from self-worship and are called back to the healing solidarity of community. It is in the self-sacrifice championed by the commandments that integrity, commitment, and, finally, love are made possible.

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Review: Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America

User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

Very interesting book.....It is broken into 10 segments--1 for each of the 10 commandments. The first chapter, based on "Thou shalt not have any other god before Me" really intrigued me. The author ... Read full review

Review: Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America

User Review  - Lucas - Goodreads

This is one of Hedges' better books, sitting somewhere between the hyperbolic 'Empire of Illusion' and remarkably sombre 'War is a Force that Gives us Meaning'. Some of the commandment chapters are ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Chris Hedges was a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades for The New
York Times
, The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science
and National Public Radio. He was a member of the team that won the
2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for The New York Times
coverage of global terrorism, and he received the 2002 Amnesty International
Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. Hedges is the author of the bestseller
American Fascists and National Book Critics Circle finalist for War Is
a Force That Gives Us Meaning
. He is a Senior Fellow at The Nation Institute
and a Lannan Literary Fellow and has taught at Columbia University, New York
University and Princeton University.

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