A Paradise Built in Hell


paradiseA book by Rebecca Solnit examines the aftermath of disaster, and finds people don’t necessarily add to the chaos out of self-interest, but in fact a sense of commonality binds people together:

“Rebecca Solnit agrees with one aspect of commonplace thinking about disasters: once a hurricane’s winds subside, an earthquake’s upheavals abate, or an explosion’s concussive force dissipates, the trouble is far from over. But the premise of Solnit’s forceful new book, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster is that nearly everything else we are told about the aftermath of such events is wrong.”

Continue reading the review by Brian Sholis here.


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