From the author of Men Explain Things to Me - "A landmark
book that gives impassioned challenge to the social meaning of
disasters" (The New York Times Book Review)
"The freshest, deepest, most optimistic account of human nature I've come across in years."
Chosen as a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune
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.
Praise for A Paradise Built in Hell
"Everyone feels alone in a crisis . . . It needn't be that way.
In fact, as the incomparable Rebecca Solnit has shown throughout
her long, meandering, brilliant career, but especially in [this
book], it must not be. A Paradise Built in Hell is an
eye-opening account of how much hope and solidarity emerges in the
face of sudden disaster . . . [These lessons] offer deep comfort
now, as antidotes not just to feelings of helplessness but
--David Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine "What will it be like to live not on the relatively stable planet that civilization has known throughout the ten thousand years of the Holocene, but on the amped-up and careening planet we're quickly creating? With her remarkable and singular book, A Paradise Built in Hell, Rebecca Solnit has thought harder about the answer to that question than anyone else. Her answer is strangely and powerfully hopeful. As she proves with inspired historiography, disasters often produce remarkable temporary communities--paradises of a sort amid the rubble, where people, acting on their own and without direction from the authorities, manage to provide for each other."
--Bill McKibben, The New York Review of Books
"Thought-provoking . . . captivating and compelling . . . there's a hopeful, optimistic, even contagious quality to this superb book."
--Los Angeles Times "Far-reaching and large-spirited."
--San Francisco Chronicle "Stirring . . . fascinating . . . presents a withering critique of modern capitalist society by examining five catastrophes . . . Her account of these events are so stirring that her book is worth reading for its storytelling alone. . . . [An] exciting and important contribution to our understanding of ourselves."
--The Washington Post