War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning

War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning

Book - 2014
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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 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.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2014.
Edition: New edition.
ISBN: 9781610393591
Branch Call Number: 355.02 HED
Characteristics: 211 p. ; 21 cm.


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May 31, 2016

I have an issue with Chris Hedges. I like his writing. Or, I think I do. The problem is that Hedges seems to have one of two big problems. He is either a serial plagiarist, or he inexplicably writes in a way that mimics other published works line by line at substantial length- again and again and again. In this book he steals, or mysteriously mimics passages from Naomi Klein.

So back to my problem. I think I like Chris Hedges' writing, but maybe I just like his source material.

Jun 22, 2015

The author accepts that war is part of human history but, based on his experiences as a journalist in war zones, he shows the dark side of how terrible war is on people. This is a good book to balance the unemotional military histories that do not show the human side.

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