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

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.

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

GENERAL
AuthorRebecca Solnit
BindingHardcover
LanguageEnglish
EditionFirst Edition, First Printing
ISBN-100670021075
ISBN-139780670021079
PublisherViking Adult
Number Of Pages368
Publication Date2009-08-20
DIMENSIONS
Height9.32 inch.
Length6.32 inch.
Width1.25 inch.
Weight1.25 pounds.

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