Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2020)

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt Chris Hedges Joe Sacco Days of Destruction Days of Revolt 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
  • Title: Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
  • Author: Chris Hedges Joe Sacco
  • ISBN: 9781568586434
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt Chris Hedges Joe Sacco 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 marketplaceTwo 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.
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  1. Mia

    I am a huge fan of Joe Sacco s work Safe Area Gora de and Palestine are incredible and this book does not disappoint I do agree with some of the critiques that Chris Hedges prose is a little tangential at times but this book is powerful I highly recommend this book I wish I could afford to buy a copy for everyone I know This should be required reading for all Americans.It is one of the gnarliest bummer books I ve ever read Unless you are heartless you will cry But unlike all the depressing books [...]

  2. Margaret Sankey

    If you re going to use history in your critique, you need to do better than fall back on one stop, tired, lefty history from Howard Zinn and give some credit to the real pioneering work from the bottom that scholars have done in the last 30 years, and someone has to put a moratorium on using the Jered Diamond Easter Island story, since it is being significantly challenged Hedges also shies away from a really uncomfortable problem that the poor are often an extremely conservative force whose adhe [...]

  3. Trish

    This book left me feeling depressed and bereft for a number of days I wonder if anyone has ever been so bald before in revealing America s most heinous errors of judgment and fairness In the Introduction, Hedges writes that Sacco and he started out to look closely at the sacrifice zones in parts of America that have been areas of exploitation and neglect It is horrifying, but necessary information.This book is a collaboration between two highly talented individuals who separately have achieved i [...]

  4. Blane

    I have been a fan of the work of both Chris Hedges Joe Sacco for some time Hedges for his astute observations decidedly from a relatively leftist perspective of America s decline in the 21st century Sacco for his even handed pretty unique graphic take on the art of journalism Their seemingly disparate takes on Native Americans in South Dakota, primarily African Americans in Camden, New Jersey, white coal miners in West Virginia, and Mexican Haitian immigrants in Immokalee, Florida are all brilli [...]

  5. Dawn

    Wow Important and powerful I couldn t put it down A searing look at our failings as a nation and a society and where they have led us This is not an easy book to read many will prefer not to read it to look away from the devastation we, as citizens, have allowed to happen to our neighbors and countrymen in our name Looking away because it s uncomfortable that is what got us here and what they they being the rich and powerful of the corporate state that we live in encourage in order to keep us do [...]

  6. jeremy

    chris hedges s writing and reportage is consistently trenchant and unequivocal, notable for its discerning examinations and penetrating insights joe sacco s award winning work as a cartoonist is as distinctive as it is compassionate combining the immense talents of these two men can only result in a devastating, powerful book of timely importance so it is with days of destruction, days of revolte decline of america is a story of gross injustices, declining standards of living, stagnant or fallin [...]

  7. Michelle

    Like other reviewers have said, Joe Sacco s parts were better They stuck to detailing the lives of ordinary people and capturing illustrations of blighted lands and desolate neighborhoods.I just could not get into Chris Hedges poverty porn The chapters were montonuous to me oppressed group, how they got oppressed, individual biography, bright spot of organizing and action, another bio maybe , mention of US military, drug use local to region, despair, and a religious figure who talk of hope and h [...]

  8. Jordan

    The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims, have been born of earnest struggle If there is no struggle there is no progress Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground They want rain without thunder and lightning They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both moral a [...]

  9. Curtis

    In Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt Chris Hedges and cartoonist journalist Joe Sacco take us with both words and illustrations to four impoverished sacrifice zones across the United States The book starts on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, then transitions to Camden New Jersey , the mining wastelands of West Virginia, the agricultural wage slave plantations of Florida, and then closes with a chapter on the Occupy movement based in Zuccotti Park New York The sacrifice zones, [...]

  10. Merrikay

    Hedges and Sacco examine colonialism in the United States by actively investigating communities of Native Americans both on and off reservations, poverty stricken neighborhoods reservations in Camden, New Jersey, mining areas in West Virginia, and current day slavery in Immokalee, Florida which Senator Bernie Sanders calls the bottom in the race to the bottom Each separate section on these places and topics include history and facts of colonial takeover laid out very clearly and logically The au [...]

  11. Veganpike

    While I think it was important to profile the communities the author chose in this book, I ultimately did not come away from reading it with much hope or sense that there was reason to believe things will get better anytime soon Hedges unfortunate use of the Occupy movement as a harbinger of Major Social Change comes off, just a year or so later, as both sad and naive I also think that even though I appreciate his attempt to find and profile a diversity of people and places dealing with the same [...]

  12. Michael

    Joe Sacco is fantastic, here elsewhere His work is the smaller part of this book, but it s by far the better his reporting is sensitive, subtle, and obviously the product of tremendous time and care.The prose comes in five chapters four on poverty stricken, violently repressed corners of America, and one on Occupy Wall St The first four are mostly solid, thorough ideological reporting The last doesn t belong It s pure, grandiose rhetoric, held aloft only by its own fumes.The book s title and muc [...]

  13. David

    one of the most brilliant book ever read.e vivid accounts of the current decline of America s value destroyed by the corporatocracy that originated from the liberalistic yet right winged countryAuthor takes u into the hearts of darkness of America i the complete destruction of Native Indian culture and values due to alcoholism, colonialistic impact, extreme poverty, loss of their homeland due the gradual government s evil laws ii Camden, NJ was a flourished city but raped and robbed by corporati [...]

  14. Patrick

    As others have noted, Sacco has contributed the stronger part of this book His comics detail in moving form the degradation inflicted on society and the environment by rapacious powers Hedges is also good when he sticks to pure reporting the four stories about life at the margins in South Dakota, New Jersey, West Virginia and Florida bring humanity to situations easy to gloss over in a newspaper article Unfortunately, Hedges can t let the facts themselves generate outrage and indignation in the [...]

  15. Adam

    Second nonfiction I have read recently that has evoked Dante s inferno for me Sacco and Hedges takes the reader on a tour of our sacrifice zones Areas that capitalism and other forces racism and classism mainly have made into third world failed states that exist in the borders of the world s number one economy Pine Ridge reservation, Camden, New Jersey, West Virginia Coal country, the produce fields of Florida, and finally the Occupy protests These pieces are intended as both prophesy of unfette [...]

  16. Rita_book

    This powerful book is a stark, sometimes overwhelming chronicle of some of the poorest and destitute areas of our country From South Dakota to New Jersey to West Virginia to Florida, Hedges reports on the injustices perpetrated on our poorest, least powerful citizens by greedy corporations and corrupt officials At first his final chapter, about Occupy Wall Street, did not seem to fit with the other sections However, Hedges finishes his book with an impassioned appeal and call to action, and ties [...]

  17. Felipe Arango Betancourt

    Entre el reportaje, la entrevista, la cr nica y el c mic se logra este revelador texto, de un valor testimonial y combativo invaluable doloroso en sus verdades pero de acertadas y profundas reflexiones Unos cuantos nos vendieron la idea que el capitalismo, m s que un modelo econ mico es una forma de relaci n social, que responde a una ley natural y que es una concepci n filos fica con el otro, con el medio ambiente Que la felicidad del hombre radica en sus entra as Grave error Los gobiernos del [...]

  18. Michael Scott

    Disclaimer I am not a fan of Joe Sacco, because I find his graphical journalism rather biased, but I think he offers in many cases an interesting and well documented perspective This is why I have decided to read all his graphical novels Days of Destruction Days of Revolt is a mixed media book, which includes classic investigative journalism albeit written tabloid style and Joe Sacco style graphical journalism The topic the depreciation of living conditions for a vast majority of the American so [...]

  19. Nathalie

    Chris Hedges is een Amerikaanse journalist, schrijver en oorlogscorrespondent die gespecialiseerd is in Amerikaanse en Midden Oosterse politiek Hij schreef een heel aantal boeken over oorlog, de opstand ertegen en de Amerikaanse maatschappij Joe Sacco is zo n beetje de uitvinder van journalistieke beeldverhalen en is afkomstig van Malta, maar kwam uiteindelijk ook in de VS terecht Samen publiceerden deze heren in 2012 Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt Het boek begint al goed in de inleiding wo [...]

  20. Gayle

    Joe Sacco and I set out two years ago to take a look at the sacrifice zones, those areas in the country that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit, progress, and technological advancement, p xi Thus begins Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, a beautifully worded and awesomely illustrated graphic social statement Sacrifice is the kind word I may have called them murder zones for the citizens being murdered by the policies and governments that put and keep them there or the [...]

  21. Conor Mcvarnock

    This is essential stuff for anyone who is interested on the dynamics driving contemporary america The first four chapters each are brilliantly written investigative pieces on some of the places at the sharp end of the contemporary crisis in industrial capitalism The first chapter excavates Americas past through looking at the bloody legacy of the creation of the country and how it bleeds into the present It takes in life and death on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota and looks at the is [...]

  22. William Holm

    I picked up this book because I ve been following Joe Sacco s work for many years Chris Hedges and Sacco are given the same amount of credits but after finishing the last chapter this feels like a book by Hedges with illustrations by Sacco The book is divided into five chapters The first four takes us to different parts of the United States It is not a pretty sight People live miserable lives in a polluted environment while big corporations squeeze out as much profit as they possibly can It bec [...]

  23. Peggy

    The authors visit sacrifice zones in the United States where all community, life, and hope are set aside in order to serve corporate power I agree with the NYT review that the book is most compelling when the authors describe what they witness and let the remarkable individuals that they meet, such as recently departed mountain hero Larry Gibson, tell their own stories The final chapter discusses theories of world revolution within the context of the Occupy Wall Street movement and is angry, bri [...]

  24. Patrick McCoy

    Days Of Destruction Days Of Revolt 2012 is a collaboration between Pulitzer prize winning journalist Chris Hedges and comic reporter Joe Sacco Of the two I am most familiar with Sacco and read his 2012 book Journalism earlier this year In this volume the authors investigate the human misery that is taking place in America at the hands of the powers that be Hedges calls these places sacrifice zones, those areas in the country that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit, progr [...]

  25. Dan

    despite their shared politcs, sacco and hedges are a bit of an odd couple sacco s instinct to get out of the way and let people tell their own stories is the key ingredient to his magic imo , whereas hedges can t wait to turn each tale of misery into a bullet point in his ongoing treatise against neoliberal capitalismn t get me wrong this is a good book that does us all a great service by telling the stories it tells i spent most of my life in philadelphia a 15 minute subway ride from camden, NJ [...]

  26. Andres Romero cortina

    Pens que iba a tener una mayor presencia de las ilustraciones de Sacco, sin embargo, el balance es bueno y los temas que se tratan quedan expuestos de tal forma que se hace imperioso ahondar en los fen menos y complementar el conocimiento con otras fuentes.

  27. SmarterLilac

    Not the happy go lucky graphic novel I was expecting.This is a harsh examination of poverty, exploitation, misery and hopelessness in the United States sacrifice zones Despite the fact that I can t claim I gave it a close reading, many haunting passages have stayed with me for almost a year In particular, I think of the man subsisting on very little resources in a region decimated by industrial pollution who was spending hundreds of dollars a month on bottled water because his tap water was tota [...]

  28. Geoffrey Bateman

    I read this book this summer, in preparation for my Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies course this fall A quick shout out to my colleague and friend Eric for recommending it It s a graphic essay, in that each chapter there are five includes a comic book esque section that vividly narrates a story or two from people involved in the chapter s focus It is a hard book to get through, in that the first four chapters describe a particular sacrifice zone like tomato fields in Immokalee, Florida, [...]

  29. H Wesselius

    Chris Hedges along with Joe Sacco set out to describe and analyze four areas of America that have been sacrificed to the corporate machine Culture, urban neighborhoods, the environment and people are all sacrificed in the pursuit of profit With righteous anger, Hedges does a great job of describing the external or common costs to create private profit The drawings and graphic format make the description even real and give the reader a ready connection to the situation.The only disappointment is [...]

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