Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays)

Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays)

by Rebecca Solnit


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Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Nonfiction

Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than 20 books including the international bestseller Men Explain Things to Me. Called "the voice of the resistance" by the New York Times, she has emerged as an essential guide to our times, through incisive commentary on feminism, violence, ecology, hope, and everything in between.

In this powerful and wide-ranging collection of essays, Solnit turns her attention to the war at home. This is a war, she says, "with so many casualties that we should call it by its true name, this war with so many dead by police, by violent ex-husbands and partners and lovers, by people pursuing power and profit at the point of a gun or just shooting first and figuring out who they hit later." To get to the root of these American crises, she contends that 'to acknowledge this state of war is to admit the need for peace," countering the despair of our age with a dose of solidarity, creativity, and hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608469468
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 166
Sales rank: 61,485
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of twenty books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster, including a trilogy of atlases and the books The Mother of All Questions, Hope in the Dark, Men Explain Things to Me; The Faraway Nearby; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; and River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award). A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a columnist at Harper’s.

Table of Contents

    Armpit Wax

    American Emotions

    Ideology of Isolation

    Naïve Cynicism

    In Praise of Preaching to the Choir

    Facing the Furies

    American Edges

    Death by Gentrification

    Bird in a Cage

    coda: Injustice


    Katrina Ten Years Later

    The Light from Standing Rock

    Monument Wars

    Monument to the Unknown DV Victim

    Homelessness essay

    City of Women

    Abolish High School

    Electoral Obscenities

    Tyranny of the Minority

    The Loneliness of Donald Trump

    Milestones in Misogyny

    Every Election Is a Disaster Movie

    Nevertheless, Hope

    On Indirect Effects (Guardian, March 2017)

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