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America by Chris Hedges
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it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction, philosophy, political, sociology

If you're looking for a nice, easy, feel-good read, this is not the book you want. If, however, you want a book that will deliver the cold, hard facts about the state of America today and its likely future, this is the book for you.

Chris Hedges paints the landscape of America in all its brutality and bleakness. He does not mince words, he does not try to make us think "things are not quite as bad as they seem". It is depressing and it is frightening. But it is reality. It is a book I think all Americans need to read. All great empires eventually come to an end and America is no exception. Mr. Hedges shows how and why we are on the decline, and how capitalism must eventually collapse in on itself. Unbridled capitalism has no hope but to fail in the long run. Mr. Hedges calls out the greedy corporations that are destroying this country and subjecting Americans to ever-increasing poverty. He speaks out about the greedy politicians, Democrats included, who take money from corporations and then are beholden to work for them, not us. He shows how this has been going on for quite some time, and how things are increasingly worse. It is scary. The processes that are crippling the country have been in place for awhile, from corporate welfare to a militarized police force to wide-spread surveillance of citizens. Mr. Hedges draws on facts; this is not just some conspiracy theorist bewailing the state of America and how Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and all the other liberal elites are working with ISIS to bring about a Muslim theocracy or some other such bullshit. We DO, however, need to worry about a Christian theocracy. So many people are calling and hoping for Trump's impeachment, not realising that Pence as president would be a much greater threat to our freedom. The Christian right has been working hand-in-hand with people like the Koch brothers for decades. They want to have an America where people are forced to "be" christian, where the christian version of Sharia Law rules the land and where workers have no rights and the masses are in effect slaves. Indeed, our for-profit prison complexes are already set up to force millions of people into slavery for greedy corporations.

The chapters in this book are divided into the ills of capitalism in decline: Gambling, pornography, addiction, hatred. It was especially difficult to read the chapter on pornography. Mr. Hedges does not spare us any lurid detail. He shows how sadism is a direct result of capitalism. He extensively quotes philosophers of the past who spoke out on the evils of capitalism, and he conducts many interviews with people suffering as a result of unbridled capitalism, from sex workers to prisoners to gambling addicts.

There is so much information in this book that it's difficult to write a review. There is so much I'd like to share, that I think is imperative for every American to know. If you are American, I urge you to read this book. It will not be easy; it is terrifying. However, Mr. Hedges also shows us how the people can and must come together to fight for our country. We have a narrow window of time in which to do so, and we need to start now. As Mr. Hedges says, "Trump is not an anomaly. He is the grotesque visage of a collapsed democracy." We need to come together, work together. We need to stand up for the rights and equality of all Americans, and fight back against those whose corruption, greed, and lust for power know no ends and which will eventually destroy us all if left unchallenged. We cannot do that if we are not informed. Please, read this book!
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Reading Progress

April 20, 2019 – Started Reading
April 20, 2019 – Shelved
April 24, 2019 – Shelved as: non-fiction
April 24, 2019 – Shelved as: philosophy
April 24, 2019 – Shelved as: political
April 24, 2019 – Shelved as: sociology
April 24, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Jenna Jennifer wrote: "Sounds intriguing. You are right, not an easy one at all."

Yes, very intriguing, Jennfier, but not an easy read by any means!


Jenna Jennifer wrote: "And, like many books, not one that everyone is going to be receptive to 'hearing' either, from what I gather from your review."

No, unfortunately you're right about that as well, Jennifer. It's easier to ignore or dismiss facts, especially when they're not ones we like.


Jenna Jennifer wrote: "As opposed to trying to understand or learn.
Well I, for one, appreciate your review. I will add this to my TBR list and see if it's available in the library system. Thank you!"


Thank you, too, Jennifer! I'm glad you want to read this. If they do not own this book, they should be able to borrow it from another library for you at no cost. Unfortunately, this doesn't apply to e-books, but they can borrow print copies from libraries outside your district or even out of state on your behalf.
I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it when you get a chance to read it!


message 4: by Judith (new)

Judith E Religious fanatics of any type are scary. Interesting book.


Jenna Judith wrote: "Religious fanatics of any type are scary. Interesting book."

I'm with you, Judith!


message 6: by Steve (new)

Steve Well put, Jenna. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


Jenna Steve wrote: "Well put, Jenna. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!"

Thank you, too, Steve : )


message 8: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Great review, Jenna.


Jenna Barbara wrote: "Great review, Jenna."

Thank you, Barbara : )


message 10: by Kristina (new)

Kristina Fantastic review, as usual, Jenna! I added this book to my list! 😊


Jenna Kristina wrote: "Fantastic review, as usual, Jenna! I added this book to my list! 😊"

Thank you, Kristina 😊. I'm glad you want to read it and hope you find it as interesting and informative as I did.


message 12: by Beata (new)

Beata This book sounds interesting, and I supose it may have some universal mesage ... corruption, greed & lust for power is omnipresent, alas ... Grand review, Jenna .................


message 13: by Jenna (last edited Apr 26, 2019 07:58PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jenna Beata wrote: "This book sounds interesting, and I supose it may have some universal mesage ... corruption, greed & lust for power is omnipresent, alas ... Grand review, Jenna ................."

Thank you, Beata, and yes, this is a universal message, especially for all the countries who are following in the US' footsteps with overconsumption and unbridled capitalism.


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