Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

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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, areas 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 earnings. The book starts in the western plains, where Native Americans were sacrificed for land and empire. It moves to the old manufacturing centers and coal fields that fueled the Industrial Revolution, but now lie 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 is revolting against a corporate state that has handed the young an economic, political, cultural, and environmental catastrophe." --From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Nation Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9781568586434
Call Number: 305.5 HEDGES
Characteristics: xv, 302 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Subjects: Poor -- United States.
Social classes -- United States.
Crime -- United States.
United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Additional Contributors: Sacco, Joe


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SCL_Justin Aug 14, 2017

Some days, most days really, I want to be a journalist. Not the kind that writes press releases, but the kind that goes out into the world, sees something and tells everyone else what it looks like. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is exactly that kind of book, created by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco. It’s about the United States and the people who are at the bottom of a destructive economic system designed to enrich only the already rich. It culminates in Zuccotti Park with a chapter on Occupy, but it gets there via coal-mining, land claims, agricultural work and for-profit urban decay.

It’s not a scholarly book, but it has data to go with its interviews. Sacco illustrates the whole thing, which contributes to the personal feeling of it all. I loved the Sacco bits where he went into the full on comics as oral history treatment, drawing the stories the person was telling them.

This was an unabashedly political and very good book about 21st-century recession-era America. Highly recommended.

Jul 20, 2017

In the introduction, writer/journalist Chris Hedges describes this project: "Joe Sacco and I sat out two years ago to take a look at the sacrifice zones, those areas in the country that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit, progress, and technological advancement." Hedges, who wrote "War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning," and acclaimed cartoonist Joe Sacco, who has done books about the war in Yugoslavia and Palestine, traveled to 5 different regions in the country to highlight inequality, poverty, and exploitation. It's a harrowing journey, from the brutally poor Indian reservation in PIne Ridge, South Dakota to the strip mined hills of Appalachia, and one that is polemical and resolutely anti-capitalist, which some other reviewers objected to. Hedges's writing can be a bit shrill, so it's nice to have Sacco's rich, sympathetic artwork as a balance. The final chapter, on Occupy in NYC, is by far the weakest, as Hedges lets his enthusiasm get the best of him. "Nickeled and Dimed" and "The Divide" are other good looks at inequality in America.

Jul 14, 2014

This book fundamentally explains the situation we have today: America contracting with China to build high speed rail: the predictable consequence of offshoring jobs, technology and investment to China [and elsewhere] while ignoring [not amortizing] America and its populace! The end result of a Jack Welch and GE!

Sep 11, 2013

Wonderful illustrations by Joe Sacco (no surprise there), but horrible text by Chris Hedges.

q22 Feb 06, 2013

This is an apocalyptical vision of present day American life for the labour class. It is told primarily through a collection of stories of individuals abused by the American obsession with money and backed up with a bit of historical perspective/evidence. The graphic component of the novel is more of a distraction although it may be more compelling to other readers. I wouldn't put this on my short-list of reads.

Feb 01, 2013

I thought to write a review, but, after checking Amazon I found someone with a more complete and compeling take; Something to worry about with certain situations in Canada. A great easy read, words run, pictures by Sacco tell more than is written Democracy demands intellegence, knowledge, awareness and many other attributes, in its users, or it evaporates and leaves an ugly mess, 4 of which are listed herein.

Anlother prerequisite read to this might be: "The Corporation by Joel Bakken".

Jane60201 Jan 19, 2013

I thought this book was incredibly biased toward attributing U.S. poverty problems to corporations and describing the poor as victims (for instance, the use of illicit drugs in W. Va). Didn't realize it before I picked it up as it got so many good reviews. I think I more balanced approach to poverty would be more useful.

Nov 15, 2012

Interesting and intimate view into the economic segregation of the disadvantaged population of the U.S. using a combination of text and graphic novel portrayals. The only problem I had with this insightful book is that the writing clearly has a political perspective of anti-corporate gov't views/belief and though I can't say that view is incorrect, it would have been a better read if done from a journalistic unbiased perspective stating that view by asking questions of the reader instead of stating those views as facts. I recommend this to anyone that lives a comfortable life and thinks anyone has the means to escape poverty by just applying themselves. I admit, the stories about various successful communities that crashed and burned trapping the remaining populations in deplorable living conditions shows these changes could happen to any community providing the wrong circumstances were to evolve. Also, I hope that I never ever have to deal with the issues the people portrayed in this book have had to. Never. But a very good read for a topic that is somewhat depressing. The combination of text and graphic story telling keeps it from it being too dark a read.


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