Book Nook: The World As It Is - Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress, by Chris Hedges

May 30, 2011

Chris Hedges spent nearly two decades as a war correspondent for the New York Times. He was part of an investigative team that won a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting.

Hedges reported from war zones in Africa, the Middle East, Central America, and the Balkans. He knows the horrors of war. His first book, "War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning" is one of the most powerful anti-war manifestoes of the last decade. Hedges appeared in the Book Nook when that book was published and he returned for another visit when it was reissued in paperback.

His latest book, "The World As It Is - Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress," is a collection of recent essays that are divided into the following sections: Politics, Israel and Palestine, The Middle East, and The Decay of Empire.

In this interview Hedges displays his typical fierce, piercing intellect. The man is fearless. After five interviews I continue to find him intellectually intimidating. I love that about him.