A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster [NOOK Book]

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A startling investigation of what people do in disasters and why it matters

Why is it that in the aftermath of a disaster? whether manmade or natural?people suddenly become altruistic, resourceful, and brave? What makes the newfound communities and purpose many find in the ruins and crises after disaster so joyous? And what does this joy reveal about ordinarily unmet social ...
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A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

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Overview

A startling investigation of what people do in disasters and why it matters

Why is it that in the aftermath of a disaster? whether manmade or natural?people suddenly become altruistic, resourceful, and brave? What makes the newfound communities and purpose many find in the ruins and crises after disaster so joyous? And what does this joy reveal about ordinarily unmet social desires and possibilities?

In A Paradise Built in Hell, award-winning author Rebecca Solnit explores these phenomena, looking at major calamities from the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco through the 1917 explosion that tore up Halifax, Nova Scotia, the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. She examines how disaster throws people into a temporary utopia of changed states of mind and social possibilities, as well as looking at the cost of the widespread myths and rarer real cases of social deterioration during crisis. This is a timely and important book from an acclaimed author whose work consistently locates unseen patterns and meanings in broad cultural histories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101459010
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 599,282
  • File size: 730 KB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    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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