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

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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.

Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.