Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
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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...more
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Published June 12th 2012 by Nation Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mia
I am a huge fan of Joe Sacco's work (Safe Area Goražde 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 dep...more
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 I...more
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 or...more
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 revolt.
the decline of america is a story of gross injustices, declining standards of living, stagnant or
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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...more
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 ad...more
Jordan Gregory
"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 bo...more
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 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...more
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....more
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...more
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 s...more
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 t...more
David
one of the most brilliant book ever read..the vivid accounts of the current decline of America's value destroyed by the corporatocracy that originated from the liberalistic yet right winged country..Author 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 c...more
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 u...more
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 t...more
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 A...more
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 th...more
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 more real and give the reader a ready connection to the situation.

The only disappoint...more
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...more
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,...more
Nora
This is an interesting book about Pine Ridge, Indian Country; Camden, NJ; a mining town; farm laboring wage slaves; and Occupy Wall Street. The best parts are the personal stories, Studs Terkel-style, which are illustrated into comic book panels. They show the incredible dignity and humor that people can have despite being mired in poverty, sexual abuse, and addiction in the USA. It's all interesting information that you need to know, but it was so bleak and depressing that I had to skim some pa...more
Dan
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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 capitalism.

don'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...more
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,...more
Emelda
The first four chapters- examining Pine Ridge Reservation; Camden, New Jersey; Welch, West Virginia; and Immokalee, Florida- are fascinating and heartbreaking. The last chapter- chronicling the beginnings of the Occupy movement- was a bit of a let down, truth be told. It made the book ultimately feel like it was for a different audience, or that the last chapter stuck out like a sore thumb. Maybe I'm just sick of reading White Activists' theories and actions. The pockets of resistance in the pr...more
April
Through text and illustration, Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco undertake the important task of exposing how corporate America's dominance over human lives creates and perpetuates an unbreakable cycle of exploitation, poverty, and despair for all American society especially those living in "sacrifice zones" - Lakota Indians of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota; destitute city dwellers of decimated and corrupt Camden, NJ; poisoned, broken, and forgotten coal miners and their families of West V...more
Edmund Davis-Quinn
The most devastating chapter for me is about mountaintop mining in West Virginia. If we lived in a society for all and not for the few this would never happen.

Some really amazing stuff in here and some preachiness. Great book. I wonder what this would have been like with just Joe Sacco and without Chris Hedges. I am much more of a Joe Sacco fan.

But, the work on West Virginia and the fact that 500 billion year old mountains have been sacrificed for coal is both heartbreaking and illuminating.

Easi...more
Ryan
This book was incredibly powerful with the writing of Chris Hedges and the illustrations of Joe Sacco. The combination of talents of Hedges and Sacco take us on a journey through some of the hardest areas in the US. We meet those who have been victimized by our us and them society and see how they are frighting back against circumstance. What struck me as I read this is just how similar the stories were in four very different areas of the country.
Amy
I liked the concept of combining essays with graphic novel-styled depictions of personal stories, however this book felt too much like propaganda to me. There are five sections - struggles of modern-day Native Americans, Camden, environmental destruction in West Virginia, field workers in Florida, and the Occupy movement. People living in these situations are easy to sympathize with, and many Americans, including myself, would be happy to see some changes. However,something about the tone of thi...more
Paul
A combination of journalistic writings by Chris Hedges and drawings by Joe Sacco as they explore the neglected and devasted areas of the USA's underbelly, from the slave labour conditions of immigrant labourers, to the devasted landscapes of coal mining areas, ending on a chapter on the "Occupy" movement. I don't think I learned amuch from it, there were a couple of minor factual inaccuracies which jarred when I was reading it and the artwork, though interesting, didn't add anything to the story...more
Meghan
Devastating rhetoric and searing illustrations by Joe Sacco. This pulls together the devastation faced by different communities in America in four different compelling and specific stories about Native Americans in South Dakota, coal miners in West Virginia, African Americans in a blighted part of New Jersey, and immigrant farm workers in Florida. The connections between these stories become really clear, although the final story about the Occupy movement is maybe a little naïve. Still, incredib...more
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Christopher Lynn Hedges is an American journalist, author, and war correspondent, specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and societies.
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