The Culture of Make Believe

The Culture of Make Believe

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
In the companion volume to A Language Older Than Words, the author journeys into the dark heart of human civilization to understand the atrocities that frequently characterize human culture, interweaving historical, philosophical, political, and personal perspectives in a study of the genocide, environmental destruction, and other cruelties. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
In the Culture of Make Believe, Derrick Jensen sets the bar as high as possible, examining the arrocities that characterize so much of our culture - from lynchings in early 20th-century America, modern slavery and corporate misdeeds to manufacturing disasters, death squads in developing nations and the destruction of the natural world.
Interweaving political, historical, philosophical and deeply personal perspectives, Jensen argues that only by understanding past horrors can we hope to prevent future ones. Impeccably researched, The Culture of Make Believe arrives at some shocking and thought-provoking conclusions. As readers of A Language Older than Words can attest, Jensen is a public intellectual of rare abilities.

Publisher: New York : Context Books, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9781893956285
Branch Call Number: 305.8 JENSE
Characteristics: xii, 701 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 03, 2014

Jensen is relentless in exposing the hypocrisy of "civilization," devastating in his critique, and remorseless in dismissing any justifications for our destruction of the planet.

May 01, 2011

Deeply insightful and one of the most honest work of introspection and human evolution. In his signature self-deprecating but serious approach Derrick has broken down the social justice myth and the hypocrisy of the American Dream credo, into baser human instincts. A true collector's item. Each time I read it, a different perspective is revealed...even if unsettling.


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