I'm a huge Hedges fan but purchased the audio book to listen to it with my husband on a car vacation. First published in 2003, during the end of the Bush era, what it says holds up quite well, and as a faithful reader of Hedges at Truthdig, lays the foundation for much of what Hedges still writes.
Hearing it read by Hedges himself makes the words still more thoughtful.
This is a book that I go back to over and over. My husband works with veterans. I work with kids whose parents are deployed or have been deployed and I hear the _echoes_ of this book many times.
I think about Hedges' final message repetitively. If we are going to unleash the dogs of war, we should always be aware of what the _ongoing_ costs are. And Hedges uniquely lays out a discussion of what those costs are. Clearly, the wars we are prosecuting in the middle east are not "worth it", never were, and continue to not be worth it.
Worth a read and definitely worth a listen.
I like stories like this--stories about what my high school teacher called "the human condition".
And then when you hear it expertly narrated by John Keating, you are actually smitten. A wonderful thoughtful read and listen.
Months and months after totally being absorbed by this book as a listen, I found the (alas) unread print version of it on my shelf. I'm glad I didn't cheat myself of this book in any form.
We listened to this on a car vacation that I knew would give us lots of road time. My husband had read this as a young adult and I had never read it. I'm not a big science fiction fan.
The story stands on it's own and was an amazing story and a great commentary, prescient for its' time on so much--water, governance and people living in community.
The performance of this book was outstanding and helped to organize what could have been a confusing cast of characters. But the readers also understood their characters and furthered your understanding of the characters.
If the cost of the audiobook frightens you, don't let it. It's really worth it.
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