Days Of Destruction, Days Of Revolt by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco

75%

13 Critic Reviews

Sacco’s sections are uniformly brilliant. The tone is controlled, the writing smart, the narration neutral; we are allowed to draw our own conclusions.
-NY Times

Synopsis

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 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.
 

About Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco

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Chris Hedges, a senior fellow at The Nation Institute, spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He was part of The New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of global terrorism. He writes a weekly original column for Truthdig, and has written for Harper's magazine, The New Statesman, the New York Review of Books, The Nation, Adbusters, Granta, Foreign Affairs, and other publications. He is the author of the bestsellers Death of the Liberal Class, Empire of Illusion, and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, among others. Joe Sacco, one of the world's greatest cartoonists, is widely hailed as the creator of war reportage comics. He is the author of, among other books, the American Book Award winning Palestine, Footnotes in Gaza, which received the Ridenhour Book Prize, and Safe Area: Gorazde, which won the Eisner Award and was named a New York Times Notable Book and Time magazine's best comic book of 2000. His books have been translated into fourteen languages and his comics reporting has appeared in Details, the New York Times Magazine, Time, Harper's, and the Guardian. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
 
Published June 12, 2012 by Nation Books. 320 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Days Of Destruction, Days Of Revolt
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by PHILIPP MEYER on Aug 17 2012

Sacco’s sections are uniformly brilliant. The tone is controlled, the writing smart, the narration neutral; we are allowed to draw our own conclusions.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Casey Burchby on May 25 2012

The unique collaboration—a prose journalist working side-by-side with a graphic one—has resulted in a document that is informative, emotionally engaging, and alarming.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Heidi Utz on Apr 15 2013

This is a punch-packing, heart-breaking, and ultimately invigorating book, the one that those of us who have felt so disheartened in the last five years have been waiting for.

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Denver Post

Excellent
Reviewed by John Broening on Jul 15 2012

...only in allying himself with the political pariahs of the Occupy movement...can Hedges discover hope for change. It is all the more profound because it is the hope of the natural pessimist.

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PopMatters

Excellent
Reviewed by Elisabeth Woronzoff on Aug 10 2012

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is powerful and remarkable, arguably one of the best publications of the year.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by PHILIPP MEYER on Aug 19 2012

...the people who would learn the most from these stories will very likely have trouble getting past the first pages.

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OpEdNews

Excellent
Reviewed by Rob Kall on Oct 17 2012

The partnership of Hedges and Sacco works beautifully to describe and portray the disintegration of the US, as it shovels more and more Americans into third world, even slave status.

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Columbia Journalism Review

Below average
Reviewed by Justin Peters

Throughout the book, you get the sense that Hedges and Sacco looked just hard enough to find the evidence to support their thesis.

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The Brooklyn Rail

Excellent
Reviewed by Bill Kartalopoulos

In Joe Sacco, Hedges finds an able ally. Sacco has already revolutionized his art form; the implicit ideology of his engaged comics finds common cause with the currents that may revolutionize the American future.

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Faith Village

Good
Reviewed by Jess Hale on Sep 22 2012

This gripping exercise in history and reporting...does not aspire to cookie cutter presentation of opposing viewpoints, rather it presents reporting with a point of view.

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By the Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Hubert O'Hearn

Chris Hedges, former war correspondent for the New York Times, is the journalistic master of demonstrative evidence and never more so than in this book.

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Toward Freedom

Below average
Reviewed by Kristian Williams on Oct 02 2012

I'm tempted to say that Hedges and Sacco have given us four-fifths of a very good book. But that isn't fair or accurate. It would be better to say that they've given us an excellent book marred by an extraneous chapter.

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Portland Monthly

Good
Reviewed by Douglas Wolk on May 24 2012

The most striking passages of Days of Destruction are Sacco’s brief, graphic oral histories, where he illustrates people’s stories through unshakable drawings of things that can’t be photographed anymore.

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