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A new book by acclaimed author Chris Hedges, in collaboration with award winning graphic artist Joe Sacco, explores America’s poorest, most decimated towns, in an effort to foresee our collective future if corporate greed continues to run amuck. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is the first book the two authors have published together, based on interviews they conducted during their travels. Starting with Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Hedges and Sacco explore the devastation wreaked historically and currently on the US’s native American population – a story that sets the tone for how resources and communities have been exploited ever since. Turning to Camden, New Jersey, Hedges and Sacco expose the end-stage of what happens to towns that are highly industrialized and then abandoned when they are no longer able to churn profits. Welch, West Virginia is the third site featured in the book – a living example of environmental destruction from coal mining industries that affects the land and human health alike. And, immigrant labor’s experience with slavery in Immokalee, Florida, is the focus of the fourth chapter in Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. Liberty Square, New York, the birthplace of the Occupy Wall Street movement, ends the book on a hopeful note of how Americans are finally drawing connections between their own lives and the corporate greed of Wall Street elites, and rising up.