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Matthew

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  • War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Hedges
    • Narrated By Chris Hedges
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    Drawing on his own experience and on the literature of combat from Homer to Michael Herr, Hedges shows how war seduces not just those on the front lines but entire societies, corrupting politics, destroying culture, and perverting the most basic human desires. Mixing hard-nosed realism with profound moral and philosophical insight, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning is a work of terrible power and redemptive clarity whose truths have never been more necessary.

    llr says: "Powerful, perceptive, personal"
    "Powerful"
    Overall

    Hedges reading his own work is powerful. His descriptions of war's costs to both the individual and society obliterate the pro war propaganda that's so common in today's media. It's easy to see the origins of themes he expands on in Empire of Illusion and Death of the Liberal Class. Definitely a worthwhile read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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