A Paradise Built in Hell

A Paradise Built in Hell

The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disasters

Book - 2009
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Why is it that in the aftermath of a disaster, people suddenly become altruistic, resourceful, and brave? Award-winning author Solnit explores this phenomena, looking at major calamities from the past 100 years.
Published: New York : Viking, 2009.
ISBN: 9780670021079
Branch Call Number: 303.485 SOI
Characteristics: x, 353 p. ;,24 cm.


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Aug 21, 2018

This book made an impression on me. In a dystopian year--as I write this, the sky outside is orange with smoke from wildfires--it's essential work to examine our beliefs about how humans behave when pushed to extremes by circumstance. Solnit's research and analysis is wide-ranging, and I sometimes felt only 90% convinced by her arguments. But overall I found her writing profound and hopeful. PARADISE left me feeling like I had new strategies and new energy in the struggle against doom and toward that beloved community.

Sep 14, 2015

Solnit goes to some lengths to de-bunk the idea of mindless chaos after disasters, sometimes to the point of 'yeah, okay I get it.' If her tone sometimes gets a little breathless, her research continues to keep her grounded: she's no crackpot. This is going on my Preparedness/Must Read list.


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