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A Paradise Built in Hell Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2009 Rebecca Solnit (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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"The freshest, deepest, most optimistic account of human nature I've come across in years." (Bill McKibben)

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    "Eye opening and thought provoking"

    The Author shares the truth about how most people respond to disasters, and it is not what you have been taught by media and government. The most good can be accomplished by trusting people to help each other.
    I totally disagree with the whole climate change theory but other than that I found the book to be eye opening and thought provoking! Thanks.
    I also appreciated the partial dramatic reading as well. Good job

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    Jan Van Sickle 05-15-17
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    "The higher light."

    Although a talented reader, the tone of the narrator's voice doesn't reach the higher light in this wonderful book.

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    Christine Currie Santa Cruz, CA United States 11-21-16
    Christine Currie Santa Cruz, CA United States 11-21-16

    Creatively curating space/place as art adventure for the actively engaged. Writing retreats at artfarmfennville+Redwoods of Corralitos.

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    What made the experience of listening to A Paradise Built in Hell the most enjoyable?

    Under current of ineptness around disaster zones when people are most in need brought to light.


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    7/19/17
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    "Similar to Shock Doctrine but from another angle"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Paradise Built in Hell?

    The descriptions of the aftermath of Katrina were shocking to a non-American and something I was surprised to hear. The basic failures of the government during this time was something that I was aware of but the details were grisly and something I won't forget, and nor should I.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entirety of the book was filled with moving encounters of underrepresented examples of humans at their best in the worst possible scenarios. I certainly recommend it to those who have lost their faith in the people of the modern world.


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