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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“There are always people willing to commit unspeakable human atrocity in exchange for a little power and privilege.” ― Chris Hedges, 'War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning' Chris Hedges, a longtime ... Read full review

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This is a superb book! Fluidly and compelling written, as you would expect from a good journalist, he not only offers chilling "you are there" examples of what he has witnessed but, more importantly ... Read full review

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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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