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America, The Farewell Tour

Category: Book
By (author): Hedges, Chris
Subject:  HISTORY / United States / 21st Century
  NON-FICTION / General
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Conservatism & Liberalism
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes
Publisher: Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Published: August 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 9.25in x 6.25in x 1.25in
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From The Publisher*If you thought you knew Chris Hedges--be surprised. The globally renowned Pulitzer Prize-winner gives us an entirely new view of a nation in crisis in a stunning book that holds both liberals and conservatives to account--as rousingly pertinent for Canada as for the disoriented US. Beautifully written, it clarifies vividly and unforgettably the forces at play in our times.

In astonishing, tough, first-hand reportage, Chris Hedges draws on stories from inside communities across America and reveals how the hurricanes of change have allowed an array of pathologies to arise: the opioid crisis, the retreat into gambling, the corporate coup d'état of government, the pornification of culture, the rise of magical thinking, the emboldening of violence and hate, the plagues of suicides, and the global upheaval caused by catastrophic climate change. These are just some of the physical manifestations of a society unravelling. Such ills presage a frightening reconfiguration of our lives--particularly in the face of our neighbour's degeneration as a world power.

Donald Trump rode this disenchantment to power. Hedges--who was unsurprised by Trump's victory--shows how neither the left nor the right are addressing the systemic problems. Until the corporate coup d'état is reversed, these diseases will grow and ravage the country. A humane cry for a decent future, this remarkable book is our wake-up call to reality.
Review Quote*"Chris Hedges wants us to face realities. Our society is unraveling, institutionally and structurally, and is being replaced by the corporate state of merging big business and government. Commercialism overwhelms civic values, impoverishes its subjects, and reaches into childhoods, bypassing parental authority. Poverty, addiction, gambling, and hopelessness spread like epidemics. Only we the people can reverse the disintegration of democracy by plutocracy. . . . Chris Hedges depicts the horrifying truths on the ground from which resistance rises to jolt us into an active, realizable culture of reconstruction." -Ralph Nader
"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 The Culture of Make Believe


"There are not many journalists out there who can investigate a story and also fight like a great polemicist. And there are even fewer who will explore both the effects of US foreign policy around the world, and our economic policy at home. Chris Hedges does that and more." -Laura Flanders, The Laura Flanders Show

"Chris Hedges is among the last of a dying breed: the war correspondent that has spent his life with society's outcasts and the faceless victims of conflict." -Cherwell


"Remarkable, bracing and highly moral." -Maclean's


"Polemical, poetic and encyclopedic. . . . [A] thought-provoking, profound and inspiring book that deserves to be read by anyone concerned about the future of our world." -Winnipeg Free Press


"Uncompromising." -The New Yorker
Biographical NoteCHRIS HEDGES spent nearly two decades reporting in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. After fifteen years at the New York Times, he now writes a weekly column for the online magazine Truthdig. His bestselling books include Empire of Illusion, Death of the Liberal Class and his classic War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning. He is married to the Canadian actor Eunice Wong. They live in Princeton.