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A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
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Penguin Books
Pub Date: 2010
ISBN: 9780143118077
Rebecca Solnit
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
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A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

by Rebecca Solnit

"A landmark book that gives impassioned challenge to the social meaning of disasters" - The New York Times Book Review

"Solnit argues that disasters are opportunities as well as oppressions, each one a summons to rediscover the powerful engagement and joy of genuine altruism, civic life, grassroots community, and meaningful work." -San Francisco Chronicle

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.