This is a brilliant, historically informed, first person observation and analysis.
The partnership of Hedges and Sacco works beautifully to describe and portray the disintegration of the US, as it shovels more and more Americans into third world, even slave status.
They start with the history of the way the US treated Native Americans, showing how that has become the template for how the corporate state is processing the poor, minorities and the middle class as it "harvests" the resources of the US.
The book shows, with heart-wrenching personal anecdotes, how this template of despoilation and destruction is hitting people of all races and cultures, rural and urban.
Finally, the book discusses the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon, from the perspective of revolution and the need for change that does not happen by people casting their votes.
Chris Hedges is a visionary who has seen through the corporate veil of congress, the White House and the justice system. If America is to survive to continue serving the nobler, democratic, freedom visions of the founding fathers, he is one of the few who see and speak about the way.
Joe Sacco is an illustrator, artist, cartoonist who draws pictures of the devastation that makes it incredibly real.
This is indeed an extraordinary, must read book.
In my interview with Chris Hedges, on my radio show, about this book, he told me that he does have some hope, that even semi-pro boxers, like he was, 30 years ago, sometimes defeat ringer pros, and even average citizens can sometimes achieve victory over the biggest corporate opposition.
Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media.
Check out his platform at RobKall.com
He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity
He's given talks and workshops to Fortune
500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered
first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and
Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful
people on his Bottom Up Radio Show,
and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and
opinion sites, OpEdNews.com
more detailed bio:
Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization (more...)