War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning

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Random House, 2002 - History - 211 pages
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As a veteran war correspondent, Chris Hedges has survived ambushes in Central America, imprisonment in Sudan, and a beating by Saudi military police. He has seen children murdered for sport in Gaza and petty thugs elevated into war heroes in the Balkans. Hedges, who is also a former divinity student, has seen war at its worst and knows too well that to those who pass through it, war can be exhilarating and even addictive: “It gives us purpose, meaning, a reason for living.”

Drawing on his own experience and on the literature of combat from Homer to Michael Herr, Hedges shows how war seduces not just those on the front lines but entire societies, corrupting politics, destroying culture, and perverting the most basic human desires. Mixing hard-nosed realism with profound moral and philosophical insight, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning is a work of terrible power and redemptive clarity whose truths have never been more necessary.

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The imagery and polemic of this book are strong. - Goodreads
Hedges is a beautiful, poetic writer. - Goodreads
Very hard to read though. - Goodreads
And his prose is wonderful. - Goodreads
Such insights make me woefully unhappy. - Goodreads
Chris Hedges is an excellent writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Stan - Goodreads

A deeply personal and well written account of the realities of war. Hedges is a master story teller and empathic writer. It's a fast read and quite powerful. Read full review

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User Review  - Alfredo De villa - Goodreads

Need to know about war? Read this. It's personal, bracing, spiritual and reads completely real. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Chris Hedges has been a foreign correspondent for fifteen years. Currently on staff at The New York Times, he has previously worked for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, and National Public Radio. He holds a master of divinity from Harvard University. He lives in New York City.

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