Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 7, 2005 - Religion - 224 pages
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The 10 Commandments -- the laws given to Moses by God -- are beyond the scope of human law. They are rules meant to hold us together but, when dishonored, they lead to discord and violence.
In this fierce, articulate narrative, Hedges, who graduated from seminary at Harvard Divinity School, looks through the lens of each commandment to examine the moral ruin of American society. With urgency and passion, he challenges readers to take a hard look at the disconnect between their supposed values and the shallow, self-absorbed lives many people actually lead.
Taking examples from his personal life and twenty years of reporting, Hedges explores one commandment at a time, each through a particular social group. With each story, he reveals the universal nature of personal suffering, discovery, and redemption -- and explores the laws that we have tried to follow, often unsuccessfully, for the past 6,000 years.
 

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The Ten Commandments of the Hebrew Bible--often viewed as basic rules for living--are frequently violated in American life, argues New York Times reporter Hedges, whose War Is a Force That Gives Us ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
MYSTERY
9
IDOLS
39
LYING
53
THE SABBATH
67
THE FAMILY
81
MURDER
101
ADULTERY
115
ENVY
145
GREED
157
LOVE
171
Notes
177
Bibliography
181
Acknowledgments
193
Index
197
Copyright

THEFT
129

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Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He writes a weekly column for the online magazine Truthdig out of Los Angeles and is host of the Emmy Award­–winning RT America show On Contact. Hedges, who holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, is the author of the bestsellers American Fascists, Days of Destruction­, Days of Revolt, and was a National Book Critics Circle finalist for War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University, and the University of Toronto. He currently teaches college credit courses in the New Jersey prison system.

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