Excerpts from a speech by Chris Hedges at the Revolution Books Town Hall Meeting at Ethical Culture Society on January 13, 2009
Chris Hedges graduated from seminary at Harvard Divinity School and was a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades for the New York Times and other publications. He shared the Pulitzer Prize in 2002. In his book War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning (Public Affairs, 2002), Hedges gives an account of the “intoxication” of war, which he covered in regions around the world, including El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia, Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo. His most recent book is Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (Nation Books, 2009).