America: The Farewell Tour
DescriptionChris Hedges's profound and unsettling examination of America in crisis is "an exceedingly...provocative book, certain to arouse controversy, but offering a point of view that needs to be heard" (Booklist), about how bitter hopelessness and malaise have resulted in a culture of sadism and hate. America, says Pulitzer Prize--winning reporter Chris Hedges, is convulsed by an array of pathologies that have arisen out of profound hopelessness, a bitter despair, and a civil society that has ceased to function. The opioid crisis; the retreat into gambling to cope with economic distress; the pornification of culture; the rise of magical thinking; the celebration of sadism, hate, and plagues of suicides are the physical manifestations of a society that is being ravaged by corporate pillage and a failed democracy. As our society unravels, we also face global upheaval caused by catastrophic climate change. All these ills presage a frightening reconfiguration of the nation and the planet. Donald Trump rode this disenchantment to power. In his "forceful and direct" (Publishers Weekly) America: The Farewell Tour, Hedges argues that neither political party, now captured by corporate power, addresses the systemic problem. Until our corporate coup d'état is reversed these diseases will grow and ravage the country. "With sharply observed detail, Hedges writes a requiem for the American dream" (Kirkus Reviews) and seeks to jolt us out of our complacency while there is still time.
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About the Author
Chris Hedges is the New York Times bestselling author of American Fascists and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. He was a member of the team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the New York Times coverage of global terrorism. Hedges holds a BA in English literature from Colgate University and a master of divinity from Harvard University.
"An exceedingly dark, passionate, and provocative book, certain to arouse controversy but offering a point of view that needs to be heard."--Booklist
"Chris Hedges is perhaps today's most important public intellectual, and America: the Farewell Tour is perhaps his most important book. If we as a society are able to move past our current 'sickness unto death, ' as Kierkegaard put it, it will be in great measure thanks to books like this one."--Derrick Jensen, author of A Language Older Than Words and The Culture of Make Believe
"Hedges writes a requiem for the American dream. . . . [A] fiery sermon that weighs the nation and finds it wanting."--Kirkus Reviews
"Hedges's latest critique of late-stage capitalist America is forceful and direct."--Publishers Weekly
"Searing portraits . . . of individuals victimized in six arenas that [Hedges] explores in detail: drug addiction, pornography, gambling, the criminal justice system, extremist groups and the search for meaningful, well-paid work. He takes the reader inside these issues in ways that are often telling and memorable."--Thomas Carothers "The Washington Post "