A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit

A Paradise Built in Hell

Rebecca Solnit

353 pages first pub 2009 (editions)

nonfiction history psychology sociology informative inspiring reflective slow-paced


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.

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informative 84%
inspiring 71%
reflective 71%
hopeful 60%
challenging 57%
emotional 47%
dark 23%
sad 15%
tense 7%
adventurous 5%


slow 48%
medium 45%
fast 5%

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