Author(s): Chris Hedge
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.
Chris Hedges, a senior fellow at The Nation Institute, spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He was part of "The New York Times" team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of global terrorism. He writes a weekly original column for Truthdig, and has written for "Harper's" magazine, "The New Statesman," the "New York Review of Books," "The Nation," "Adbusters," "Granta," "Foreign Affairs," and other publications. He is the author of the bestsellers "Death of the Liberal Class," "Empire of Illusion," and "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning," among others.
Joe Sacco, one of the world's greatest cartoonists, is widely hailed as the creator of war reportage comics. He is the author of, among other books, the American Book Award winning "Palestine," "Footnotes in Gaza," which received the Ridenhour Book Prize, and "Safe Area: Gorazde," which won the Eisner Award and was named a "New York Times" Notable Book and "Time" magazine's best comic book of 2000. His books have been translated into fourteen languages and his comics reporting has appeared in "Details," the "New York Times Magazine," "Time," "Harper's," and the "Guardian." He lives in Portland, Oregon.