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America: The Farewell Tour

Narrated by: Fred Sanders
Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: History, American
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If you thought you knew Chris Hedges - be surprised. The globally renowned Pulitzer Prize winner gives us an entirely new view of a nation in crisis in a stunning book that holds both liberals and conservatives to account - as rousingly pertinent for Canada as for the disoriented US. Beautifully told, it clarifies vividly and unforgettably the forces at play in our times.

In an astonishing, tough firsthand reportage, Chris Hedges draws on stories from inside communities across America and reveals how the hurricanes of change have allowed an array of pathologies to arise: the opioid crisis, the retreat into gambling, the corporate coup d'état of government, the pornification of culture, the rise of magical thinking, the emboldening of violence and hate, the plagues of suicides, and the global upheaval caused by catastrophic climate change. These are just some of the physical manifestations of a society unravelling. Such ills presage a frightening reconfiguration of our lives - particularly in the face of our neighbor's degeneration as a world power.

Donald Trump rode this disenchantment to power. Hedges - who was unsurprised by Trump's victory - shows how neither the left nor the right are addressing the systemic problems. Until the corporate coup d'état is reversed, these diseases will grow and ravage the country. A humane cry for a decent future, this remarkable book is our wake-up call to reality.

©2018 Chris Hedges (P)2018 Knopf Canada

Critic Reviews

“The title says it all. In powerfully reported chapters - including ‘Decay’ (deindustrialization), ‘Heroin’ (the opioid epidemic), ‘Sadism’ (the pornography-industrial complex), and ‘Hate’ (racism) - Hedges talks to the most oppressed and dispossessed citizens of an empire he thinks has not much more than a decade of life left.” (Maclean’s

“Hedges flatly asserts that the nation named the United States of America is in its death throes.... He is a respected mind.... Hedges is trying to rally the troops to salvation.” (Winnipeg Free Press

“In this no-holds-barred book, Hedges covers an America in crisis - from the opioid crisis to the current political situation, joblessness, breakdown of communities and more. A depressing, important read.” (New York Post)

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