Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
This is an important book. -New York Times Book Review [A]s moving a portrait of poverty and as compelling a call to action as Michael Harrington's The Other America. -Boston Globe
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|Library of Congress
||Crime - United States, Poor - United States, United States - Social conditions - 20th century, Social classes - United States
||Political Ideologies & Parties
||College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Description of this Book
Two years ago, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges and award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco set out to take a look at the sacrifice zones, those areas in America that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit, progress, and technological advancement. They wanted to show in words and drawings what life looks like in places where the marketplace rules without constraints, where human beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize profit. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is the searing account of their travels. The book starts in the western plains, where Native Americans were sacrificed in the giddy race for land and empire. It moves to the old manufacturing centers and coal fields that fueled the industrial revolution, but now lie depleted and in decay. It follows the steady downward spiral of American labor into the nation's produce fields and ends in Zuccotti Park where a new generation revolts against a corporate state that has handed to the young an economic, political, cultural and environmental catastrophe.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||The journalist Chris Hedges is a unique force today, because of his fierce independence and candor. He's been writing about how politics is a charade aimed at making voters think the personal narrative of the candidate is the story although it never affects the operation of the corporate state. No matter which candidate wins, the money power in Washington reigns. That nails it, don't you think? <br>Bill Moyers <br> Sacco's sections are uniformly brilliant. The tone is controlled, the writing smart, the narration neutral.... This is an important book. <br> New York Times Book Review <br> Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (Nation) is as moving a portrait of poverty and as compelling a call to action as Michael Harrington's 'The Other America, ' published in 1962. <br> Boston Globe <br> The tales therein--both the intimate personal ones and the big sociopolitical ones--are as unsettling as they are impossible to put down. <br> Philadelphia Weekly <br> Eloquently written and embellished by spare, desolate drawings from Joe Sacco, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is accessible and deeply uncomfortable. <br> Metro (UK) <br> [A] growling indictment of corporate America. <br> Financial Times <br>.. .a unique hybrid of investigative journalism, graphic novel and polemic. <br> Denver Post <br>.. .a heartfelt, harrowing picture of post-capitalist America. <br> Guardian (UK) <br> [B]rilliant combination of prose and graphic comics. <br>Ralph Nader <br> The book is a primer for every American who is overwhelmed by the uncertainty of the stock market, who wonders where America's muscle went, and how much heavy lifting our kids will face. <br> Seattle Times <br>.. .provides close accounts of some of the country's most devastated communities, sacrifice zones. It ends with a detailed history of the Occupy protests and a declaration that the mighty can fall. <br>Associated Press <br> Days of Destruction is a riveting indictmente
||Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. He spent nearly two decades as a correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans, with fifteen years at the New York Times. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Empire of Illusion Death of the Liberal Class War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, which he co-wrote with Joe Sacco. He writes a weekly column for the online magazine Truthdig. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.Joe Sacco is a Maltese citizen currently residing in Portland, Oregon. Sacco received his B.A. in journalism at the University of Oregon in 1981. Sacco has gained widespread praise for the depth of his research, the sensitivity of his handling of a delicate subject, as well as for the craft exhibited in his dynamic, sophisticated layouts and bold narrative. In 2001, Sacco received a Guggenheim Fellowship to help pursue his work. Sacco's work about the southern Gaza Strip called Footnotes in Gaza, received the Ridenhour Book Prize in March 2010.