A Paradise Built In Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise In Disaster

Paperback | August 31, 2010

byRebecca Solnit

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"The freshest, deepest, most optimistic account of human nature I've come across in years."
-Bill McKibben


The most startling thing about disasters, according to award-winning author Rebecca Solnit, is not merely that so many people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy reveals an ordinarily unmet yearning for community, purposefulness, and meaningful work that disaster often provides. A Paradise Built in Hell is an investigation of the moments of altruism, resourcefulness, and generosity that arise amid disaster's grief and disruption and considers their implications for everyday life. It points to a new vision of what society could become-one that is less authoritarian and fearful, more collaborative and local.

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"The freshest, deepest, most optimistic account of human nature I've come across in years." -Bill McKibben The most startling thing about disasters, according to award-winning author Rebecca Solnit, is not merely that so many people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy reveals an ordinarily unmet yearning for...

Rebecca Solnit is the author of numerous books, including Hope in the Dark, River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, Wanderlust: A History of Walking, and As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. In 2003, she rece...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.8 inPublished:August 31, 2010Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143118072

ISBN - 13:9780143118077

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