The Mirage of Our Lives by Chris Hedges

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August 27, 2012

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“A Hologram for the King”
A book by Dave Eggers
Published by McSweeney’s
328 Pages

Dave Eggers’ gem of a book, “A Hologram for the King,” is a parable about the decadence, fragility and heartlessness of late, decayed corporate capitalism. It is about the small, largely colorless men and women who serve as managers in our suicidal outsourcing of manufacturing jobs and the methodical breaking of labor unions. It is about the lie of globalization, a lie that impoverishes us all to increase corporate profits.

“A Hologram for the King” tells the story of Alan, a lackluster 54-year-old consultant who is desperately trying to snag one final big contract in Saudi Arabia for Reliant, a corporation that is “the largest I.T. supplier in the world,” to save himself from financial ruin.


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 spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

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2 thoughts on “The Mirage of Our Lives by Chris Hedges

  1. May be a gem to you Mr Hedges, but it sounds like a whole lot of garbage pap that another one those “socio-realist novelists” churns out for cash gains. The description of migrant workers tearing each other over a discarded cell-phone comes from the peurile and ignorant mind. Migrant workers of color are considerate to each other, are literate with very humanistic values despite all the vagaries of finding “employment” away from families and communities and the fact that they earn a fraction of what their white counterparts earn. The “whites” are happy to maintain the status quo.
    These types of writings do not help towards alleviating human suffering.

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