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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,378 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Hedges Narrator: Chris Hedges Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As a veteran war correspondent, Chris Hedges has survived ambushes in Central America, imprisonment in Sudan, and a beating by Saudi military police. He has seen children murdered for sport in Gaza and petty thugs elevated into war heroes in the Balkans. Hedges, who is also a former divinity student, has seen war at its worst and knows too well that to those who pass through it, war can be exhilarating and even addictive. “It gives us purpose, meaning, a reason for living.”

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 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brilliant, thoughtful, timely, and unsettling book…It will rattle jingoists, pacifists, moralists, nihilists, politicians, and professional soldiers equally.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The best kind of war journalism: it is bitterly poetic and ruthlessly philosophical. It sends out a powerful message to people contemplating the escalation of the ‘war against terrorism.’”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “As the ‘war on terror’ continues on its…potentially catastrophic course, America would do well to heed Hedges’…warning.”


  • A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by nicebutnubbly | 2/16/2014

    " Chris Hedges was a war correspondent in some of the ugliest wars of the twentieth century, and this book is the product of his observations and research. He is fascinated by what makes us people who go to war, who do this awful thing, and who keep doing it. I read this years ago, but I think I may re-read it soon, because I recall his insight being absolutely fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lubna | 2/14/2014

    " Everyone should read this book. Its amazing & lays bare the lies that surround the glorification and promotion of war. It shows war for what it is - a messy, ugly, evil that brings out the worst in humanity. Hedges, a war correspondent, intersperses his eyewitness accounts of war with ruminations on the nature of war and what it is that attracts humanity and keeps us in a state of war. His conclusions - that the pursuit of truth is necessary to pierce the lies that surround war and that individual human relationships, most of all love, are all that can keep us from falling into the evils that war brings out - are powerful. This book is sobering, especially given that the US has brought war & destruction to so many parts of world (& the Bush Admin. threatens to bring even more). Hedges does not mince words in describing the horrors he has seen and there were a multitude of passages that brought me to tears and provoked much thought. I hope that all those who support war and try to silent dissent end up reading this book. Seriously an amazing book - I highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mark | 2/13/2014

    " Finished this book awhile ago. Great, original read. Hedges at his very best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shishir | 2/3/2014

    " Many great examples of the mayhem and destruction of materials and people caused by warfare. Its causes its motivations its marketing and its selling - the emptiness feeling after. A call to repentance "

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