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

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

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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: 9781101459010
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 280,280
  • 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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