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A profound and provocative examination of America in crisis, where unemployment, deindustrialization, and a bitter hopelessness and malaise have resulted in an epidemic of diseases of despair - drug abuse, gambling, suicide, magical thinking, xenophobia, and a culture of sadism and hate.

America, says Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges, is convulsed by an array of pathologies that have arisen out of profound hopelessness, a bitter despair and a civil society that has ceased to function. The opioid crisis, the retreat into gambling to cope with economic distress, the pornification of culture, the rise of magical thinking, the celebration of sadism, hate, and plagues of suicides are the physical manifestations of a society that is being ravaged by corporate pillage and a failed democracy. As our society unravels, we also face global upheaval caused by catastrophic climate change. All these ills presage a frightening reconfiguration of the nation and the planet.

Donald Trump rode this disenchantment to power. In America: The Farewell Tour, Hedges argues that neither political party, now captured by corporate power, addresses the systemic problem. Until our corporate coup d’état is reversed these diseases will grow and ravage the country. A poignant cry reported from communities across the country, America: The Farewell Tour seeks to jolt us out of our complacency while there is still time.

©2018 Chris Hedges (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Best non-fiction book I have unearthed.

Hedges tour of America, etched in despair with waning but relevant dying embers of human nobility, is delivered with the empathy of a Studs Terkel and the unceremonius tearing off of the veil characteristic of a Malcolm X.

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brilliant

I've read two of his books now and I feel more connected and sure of myself politically and emotionally than before. reading really is revolutionary!

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contact your therapist before and after reading.

This is not a little hearted book by all means. The insight into what is happening in American can be over whelming but it's a must read for modern times.

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Great book!

This is one of the best books of the year, though I believe he underestimates just how much ground has been lost. The corporate state has all the cards. This is going to take many decades, best case scenario. Some parts are pretty hard hitting and surprising even for someone like me who has seen most everything on the internet.

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Terrible narrator for the book

I was so looking forward to listening to this book on a long driving trip. Chris Hedges is one of my most favorite writers. The low energy of Fred Sanders just ruined it for me. I was falling asleep listening to him. The subject matter required an energetic voice at a quicker pace to punctuate the gravity of the ideas and awaken the listener to the oncoming wall we are about to drive into. Alas, I will have to read the book instead. I cannot listen to it more than one paragraph without falling asleep or my mind wandering. Please match the narrator's voice to the subject matter. I would pay twice the price to have this book in Chris Hedges' voice. I find his talks spellbinding.

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Great information but narration lacked

Chris Hedges is a fair and fresh breeze in the malaise of partisan authors out there nowadays. I did have to fast-forward past the heartbreaking personal stories from some of the individuals he interviewed for the book. I also had to double the narration speed because it was so slowly read and full of ridiculous pauses. Hedges' writings are always full of great information. Tracking down the quoted authors will further my education considerably. I look forward to his other books not done to death by Fred Sanders.

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a quite good book

I'm not so sure though, about all the sex chapters I think the stuff he was talking about where people are cheering on, you know, women being hurt badly during sex and laughing about it I do find that to be disturbing and problematic but me and my girlfriend were raised in the era before porn was big and we were both quite kinky on our own and I don't think it's ever been a problem for us. other than that I thought the book was great and I agree with almost everything. furthermore I'm able to admit that I could be wrong about the psychic cost we may be paying for our desensitization.

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Interesting but depressing

Well according to this book we are all done for by 2030. I can't say I really liked the book, but it was food for thought.

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Phenomenal and realistic assessment of the US 2018

Chris Hedges delivers the most honest and comprehensive view of the (US) American state of the soul.

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Rebel

It starts off with an improved version of things he's already written. Then it gets dark. really, really fucking dark. Then it ends with the thrust from Wages of Rebellion.

It's like Wages of Rebellion and American Fascists had a baby, and then he finally really committed to talking about pornography. Like. . .graphically. . . I really dont think I can read that chapter twice.

I want to go on like a dozen rants here, but that's what you need to know about the book if you're familiar with Hedges.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-26-18

Unfortunately for us, Chris Hedges is right.

It's hard not to agree with the author, considering his wealth of experience with revolution and war,... It's a well written book, hard to put down actually and the narrator is very good.

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