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War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Anchor Books
Publication date June 1, 2003
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781400034635
ISBN-10 1400034639
Dimensions 0.75 by 5 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.52 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $15.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
A foreign correspondent for The New York Times draws on his own experiences in the Balkans, Central America, and the Middle East to examine how human beings experience war and to argue that war gives rise to dangerous myths about the nobility of the cause while forgetting the hardships and costs of warfare. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: As a veteran war correspondent, Chris Hedges has survived ambushes in Central America, imprisonment in Sudan, and a beating by Saudi military police. He has seen children murdered for sport in Gaza and petty thugs elevated into war heroes in the Balkans. Hedges, who is also a former divinity student, has seen war at its worst and knows too well that to those who pass through it, war can be exhilarating and even addictive: “It gives us purpose, meaning, a reason for living.”

Drawing on his own experience and on the literature of combat from Homer to Michael Herr, Hedges shows how war seduces not just those on the front lines but entire societies, corrupting politics, destroying culture, and perverting the most basic human desires. Mixing hard-nosed realism with profound moral and philosophical insight, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning is a work of terrible power and redemptive clarity whose truths have never been more necessary.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9781586480493
 
from Public Affairs (September 4, 2002)
9781586480493 | details & prices | 192 pages | 6.50 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $23.00
About: Looks at the appeal of war, arguing that the ideas of combat are noble and glorious, providing a purpose for living for some people.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781400034635 Book cover for 9781610393591
 
Reprint edition from Public Affairs (April 8, 2014)
9781610393591 | details & prices | 211 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.52 lbs | List price $15.99
About: As a veteran war correspondent, Chris Hedges has survived ambushes in Central America, imprisonment in Sudan, and a beating by Saudi military police.
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Reprint edition from Anchor Books (June 1, 2003)
9781400034635 | details & prices | 5.00 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.52 lbs | List price $15.00
About: Looks at the appeal of war, arguing that the ideas of combat are noble and glorious, providing a purpose for living for some people.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781400104581 Book cover for 9781400154586
 
Unabridged edition from Tantor Media Inc (June 1, 2007)
9781400104581 | details & prices | 6.25 × 5.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.44 lbs | List price $24.99
About: As a veteran war correspondent, Chris Hedges has survived ambushes in Central America, imprisonment in Sudan, and a beating by Saudi military police.
Mp3 una edition from Tantor Media Inc (June 1, 2007)
9781400154586 | details & prices | 5.00 × 7.75 × 0.25 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $19.99
About: Looks at the appeal of war, arguing that the ideas of combat are noble and glorious, providing a purpose for living for some people.
Prebinding
Book cover for 9780613998130
 
Reprint edition from Paw Prints (October 4, 2008)
9781439558188 | details & prices | List price $22.95
About: As a veteran war correspondent, Chris Hedges has survived ambushes in Central America, imprisonment in Sudan, and a beating by Saudi military police.
from Turtleback Books (June 10, 2003)
9780613998130 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.76 lbs | List price $25.70
About: Looks at the appeal of war, arguing that the ideas of combat are noble and glorious, providing a purpose for living for some people.

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