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Losing Moses on the Freeway: The Ten Commandments in America

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In 2002, after fifteen years traversing the world's most dangerous places, war correspondent Chris Hedges published a widely-acclaimed meditation on the psychology of war. Now, he's entered yet another battlefield. In Losing Moses on the Freeway, Hedges explores the Ten Commandments, which he finds not only relevant, but a rich and essential resource for contemporary Americans of all political and religious persuasions.
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The 10 Commandments — the laws given to Moses by God — are beyond the scope of human law. They are rules meant to hold us together but, when dishonored, they lead to discord and violence.

In this fierce, articulate narrative, Hedges, who graduated from seminary at Harvard Divinity School, looks through the lens of each commandment to examine the moral ruin of American society. With urgency and passion, he challenges readers to take a hard look at the disconnect between their supposed values and the shallow, self-absorbed lives many people actually lead.

Taking examples from his personal life and twenty years of reporting, Hedges explores one commandment at a time, each through a particular social group. With each story, he reveals the universal nature of personal suffering, discovery, and redemption — and explores the laws that we have tried to follow, often unsuccessfully, for the past 6,000 years.

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"Hedges's writing is engaging, but his reports are often brutally violent....His book is bound to make many readers uncomfortable, but perhaps the message needs to be heard." Library Journal

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"[Hedges] brings a broad and secular perspective to a deep examination of the principles of the Ten Commandments.... A deeply moving book." Vernon Ford, Booklist

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"At a time when the mere mention of religion can excite so much passion... and discord, Losing Moses on the Freeway offers sane and bracing ways to think about, and rethink, the whole subject of faith." O, The Oprah Magazine

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"Unfailingly well-written, compelling, and disturbing.... It's not an easy faith that Hedges describes, and that is the point." The American Prospect

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"Hedges' main point is that America is a nation marked by self-satisfaction, false piety, hypocrisy, and covetousness and that its institutions and culture aid and abet these very real failings.... If you're fed up with the sorry state of things in America today and aren't sure why, Hedges lays it out for you here." Baltimore Sun

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With rigorous moral scrutiny, veteran war journalist and award-winning author Hedges delivers a breathtaking exploration of the state of our world, and an eloquent call to heed the wisdom of the Ten Commandments.

About the Author

Chris Hedges was a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades for The New

York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science

Monitor and National Public Radio. He was a member of the team that won the

2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for The New York Times

coverage of global terrorism, and he received the 2002 Amnesty International

Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. Hedges is the author of the bestseller

American Fascists and National Book Critics Circle finalist for War Is

a Force That Gives Us Meaning. He is a Senior Fellow at The Nation Institute

and a Lannan Literary Fellow and has taught at Columbia University, New York

University and Princeton University.

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Tom Webb, March 22, 2007 (view all comments by Tom Webb)
The title is an apt metaphor for mid-to-late 20th centuries pilgrims search for the sacred, the true and good. Flying down the freeway carries conotations which suggest we've gone to fast and failed to "smell the roses" All faulty morality starts with an absent or vapid spirituality. For our generation which has often been seduced by this-that-and-the-other thing - Hedges book may well be a wake-up call for those willing to be challenged. I'll certainly read it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743255134
Subtitle:
The 10 Commandments in America
Author:
Hedges, Chris
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Moral conditions
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - Ethics
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Christian Theology - Ethics
Copyright:
Publication Date:
June 2005
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.4375 x 5.5 in 10.955 oz

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"Staff Pick" by ,

In 2002, after fifteen years traversing the world's most dangerous places, war correspondent Chris Hedges published a widely-acclaimed meditation on the psychology of war. Now, he's entered yet another battlefield. In Losing Moses on the Freeway, Hedges explores the Ten Commandments, which he finds not only relevant, but a rich and essential resource for contemporary Americans of all political and religious persuasions.

"Review" by , "Hedges's writing is engaging, but his reports are often brutally violent....His book is bound to make many readers uncomfortable, but perhaps the message needs to be heard."
"Review" by , "[Hedges] brings a broad and secular perspective to a deep examination of the principles of the Ten Commandments.... A deeply moving book."
"Review" by , "At a time when the mere mention of religion can excite so much passion... and discord, Losing Moses on the Freeway offers sane and bracing ways to think about, and rethink, the whole subject of faith."
"Review" by , "Unfailingly well-written, compelling, and disturbing.... It's not an easy faith that Hedges describes, and that is the point."
"Review" by , "Hedges' main point is that America is a nation marked by self-satisfaction, false piety, hypocrisy, and covetousness and that its institutions and culture aid and abet these very real failings.... If you're fed up with the sorry state of things in America today and aren't sure why, Hedges lays it out for you here."
"Synopsis" by , With rigorous moral scrutiny, veteran war journalist and award-winning author Hedges delivers a breathtaking exploration of the state of our world, and an eloquent call to heed the wisdom of the Ten Commandments.
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