War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

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Anchor Books, 2002 - Political Science - 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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User Review  - keylawk - LibraryThing

The author is one of the most qualified reporters in the world. With a strong academic background in Starr King and Harvard Divinity, he served for decades as a war correspondence in Latin America ... Read full review

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

"War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning" is a darkly ironic statement, and one which explains Hedges' thesis. War can serve as a unifying agent in society, subsuming the individual will into a greater ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
The Myth of ar
19
The Plague of Nationalism
43
The Destruction of Culture
62
The Seduction of Battle
85
The Hijacking
122
The Cause
142
Eros and Thanatos
157
NTF S 187
192
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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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