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

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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 ...

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Overview

"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143118077
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 235,400
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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 received the prestigious Lannan Literary Award.

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Table of Contents

Prelude: Falling Together 1

I A Millennial Good Fellowship: The San Francisco Earthquake

The Mizpah Café 13

Pauline Jacobson's Joy 23

General Funston's Fear 34

William James's Moral Equivalents 49

Dorothy Day's Other Loves 58

II Halifax to Hollywood: The Great Debate

A Tale of Two Princes: The Halifax Explosion and After 73

From the Blitz and the Bomb to Vietnam 98

Hobbes in Hollywood, or the Few Versus the Many 120

III Carnival And Revolution: Mexico City's Earthquake

Power from Below 135

Losing the Mandate of Heaven 151

Standing on Top of Golden Hours 165

IV The City Transfigured: New York In Grief And Glory

Mutual Aid in the Marketplace 183

The Need to Help 195

Nine Hundred and Eleven Questions 211

V New Orleans: Common Grounds and Killers

What Difference Would It Make? 231

Murderers 247

Love and Lifeboats 267

Beloved Community 282

Epilogue: The Doorway in the Ruins 305

Gratitude 315

Notes 321

Index 347

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    Like a Masters Thesis dragged into a book

    Tedious, long-winded, one-sided lacking objective perspective Just keeps saying the same thing over and over and over I fell asleep trying to get through this seemingly soap box preaching

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