A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Chris Hedges became disillusioned with institutionalized religion as practiced in USA and became a war correspondent in 1983. He reported on wars and terrorism for almost 20 years until he snapped, and realized he was no longer going to write about particular wars within the strict confines of his editor's brief, but freelance, about the entire phenomenon of war. He has since written almost a book a year, including the best selling War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning in 2002. His books tend to revolve around the ongoing social and economic struggles in US society and the need for consciousness of and resistance to the increasingly tyrannical plutocracy.
In 2012 he filed Hedges v. Obama a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the NDAA, especially its authorization of indefinite detention. This provision was blocked in September 2012 although the legal process is still ongoing.