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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
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Nation Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 04, 2013 Mia rated it it was amazing
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
May 29, 2016 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most difficult yet most important book I have ever read.
Margaret Sankey
Sep 24, 2012 Margaret Sankey rated it liked it
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
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
Aug 05, 2012 Dawn rated it it was amazing
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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
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 achie
Jun 25, 2012 jeremy rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 21, 2013 Jordan rated it it was amazing
"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
Oct 07, 2012 Curtis rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 06, 2012 Michelle rated it it was ok
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
Jun 15, 2013 Merrikay rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 09, 2012 Patrick rated it liked it
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
Feb 17, 2013 Veganpike rated it really liked it
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
Sep 22, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
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
Dec 10, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
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
May 07, 2013 Adam rated it liked it
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
Dec 13, 2012 Rita_book rated it it was amazing
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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
Apr 14, 2016 Rob rated it liked it
Shelves: economics, 2016
Short-short version: through facts, anecdotes, and more than a little inflammatory language, Hedges and Sacco show us how capitalism and the modern corporation have turned human beings into resources to burn, have wholesale purchased our political system, and are literally poisoning us.

While politically I'm well-aligned with this book (though perhaps not so radical that I'd insist on going full-on revolutionary), much of the language is over-the-top. Calling corporations "blood-sucking" is, well
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
Dec 02, 2015 Gayle rated it it was amazing
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“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
H Wesselius
Aug 29, 2012 H Wesselius rated it it was amazing
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
Conor Mcvarnock
Oct 18, 2012 Conor Mcvarnock rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 22, 2012 Peggy rated it it was amazing
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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
Dec 05, 2012 Nora rated it really liked it
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
Apr 20, 2013 Dan added it
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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
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,
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 more 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 c ...more
Jul 25, 2012 Emelda rated it really liked it
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
Dec 07, 2012 April rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, comics
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
Aug 12, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Wow! Not what I expected, but very powerful. It is a call to action to resist the corporate-state that poisons the earth and our collective soul. My question is have we become too corrupted by our perceptions of reality and possibility to truly become the self-empowered change agents necessary to effect a new and better world?
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Christopher Lynn Hedges is an American journalist, author, and war correspondent, specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and societies.
Hedges is known as the best-selling author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.
Chris Hedges is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York Ci
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