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Empire of Illusion by Chris Hedges
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Dec 05, 09

really liked it
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This book is insightful to such a point that it's painful to read at times. The decline and fall of the American empire—not an abstract idea anymore. Hedges examines the state of things in terms of politics, economics, education, psychology, and culture, and what he finds is not pretty, as "we are a culture that has been denied, or has passively given up, the linguistic and intellectual tools to cope with complexity, to separate illusion from reality."

There are so many truths in this book that most of us don't want to look at. These truths are almost always unsettling if not downright disturbing and depressing, whether they reveal the sickness of greed or the onset of fascism. And the sad truth is that most of the people who need to read this book are the ones who won't; they're the ones who will stay comfortably unaware in their own worlds of illusion until it becomes impossible to do so.
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