A Hole in the World: An Unfolding Story of War, Protest and the New American Order

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Nation Books, 2004 - History - 241 pages
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In the immediate aftermath of September 11, Jonathan Schell wrote wise and passionate words that appeared in The Nation. From these words blossomed a regular column by the former New Yorker writer on the new American way of living, dying, and killing. Fierce and elegant, infused with Schell’s typical compassion, these meditations were incisions into the received wisdoms of post-9/11 America. Drawing from historical precedents to comments on the current political and cultural situation, Schell presents compelling arguments against America’s imperial ambitions, explores the dangers posed by the resurgence of nuclear proliferation, and argues that the public can and must hold their leaders accountable for their actions. As Schell warns, “Attention must shift from the deceiver to the deceived. The corruption threatens to spread from the teller to the hearer—from the Administration to the country, from them to us. Today's lies, exaggerations, contradictions and broken promises litter the mental landscape, like uncollected garbage, polluting and poisoning the intellectual and moral air. A fog of amnesia covers the scene. What was said ten minutes ago is forgotten. What was promised yesterday never appears, and no one cares ... Cognitive torture calls for cognitive indignation. And indignation should lead to action.”

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The noted left-liberal public intellectual Schell copes with the trauma of September 11 and the Bush administration's militarized response in this hard-hitting collection of essays, reprinted from ... Read full review

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Jonathan Schell was born in 1943 in New York City, where he still lives. Among his previous books is the best-selling The Fate of the Earth. His writing on Vietnam has been included in the Library of America’s recent two-volume Reporting Vietnam.

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