The World As It Is
We don’t normally feature in this space books that are more than five years old. But “The World As it Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress” seems to us a most necessary read in these preposterous times. Authored by the brilliant journalist, social justice advocate and cultural critic Chris Hedges, “The World” is a collection of precise, prescient and powerful essays meant to explode the pernicious lies that, unchallenged, will lead us all into suffering and oblivion. The author’s powers of prediction — he called our descent into fascism many years ago — are impressive; his logic and clarity refreshing. If so much of what we are told seems like a pack of lies, “The World As it Is,” acts as a bracing corrective.