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Two years ago, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges and award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco set out to take a look at the sacrifice zones, those areas in America that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit, progress, and technological advancement. They wanted to show in words and drawings what life looks like in places where the marketplace rules without constraints, where human beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize profit. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is the searing account of their travels.
The book starts in the western plains, where Native Americans were sacrificed in the giddy race for land and empire. It moves to the old manufacturing centers and coal fields that fueled the industrial revolution, but now lie depleted and in decay. It follows the steady downward spiral of American labor into the nation's produce fields and ends in Zuccotti Park where a new generation revolts against a corporate state that has handed to the young an economic, political, cultural and environmental catastrophe.
Posted September 22, 2012
I've only just started the book, so I won't comment on the content. I just want to issue a gripe about the nook version. The font is too small and can't be altered. And the feature to change the background color (Day, Night, etc.) is not present--something that I normal like to use. So thumbs down to the Nook version.
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Posted August 10, 2012
Posted November 25, 2012
I'm about 2/3 of the way through and so far I find the content disturbing. Chris Hedges is a favorite writer of mine and he lays out the desperation and despair endured by the people victimized by Laissez Faire Capitalism. My only complaint is that the nook version is formatted not to allow changes in font size. You have to stretch every page like you would a picture. This is slow and damned annoying.
Whomever formatted this book should get out of the ereader biz.
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Posted February 14, 2013
I got the book on hardcover, so I did not experience the issues with the nook. The content of the book was like a splash of cold water, because it brings into realization of the disturbing violence and degradation "unfettered and unregulated capitalism" has on America. The prose and the abundant of information presented in the book makes a good read, which is rare in information texts. Joe Sacco's illustrations of various people's stories also presents a startling picture of the disparity people of the "sacrifice zones" endure. At the end of the book, through much of the horror and darkness, he tries to present the possibility of hope through galvanizing the power of youth and knowledge as a means of combating the corrupt system. If you are interested in the current affairs and want to know how American government has become the entity it is now, I would recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2013
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