Hope in the Dark
Untold histories, wild possibilities

Solnit, Rebecca
Publisher:  Nation Books / Haymarket Books, New York, USA
Year Published:  2016   First Published:  2004
Pages:  192pp   ISBN:  978-1560258285
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX8716

Solnit reminds us of how changed the world has been by the activism of the past five decades. She argues for hope - hope even in the dark. She offers a vision of cause-and-effect relations that provides new grounds for political engagement in the present.


Table of Contents:

Forword to the Third Edition: Grounds for Hope

Looking Into Darkness
When we Lost
What We Won
False Hope and Easy Despair
A History of Shadows
The Millennium Arrives: November 9, 1989
The Millennium Arrives: January 1, 1994
The Millennium Arrives: November 30, 1999
The Millennium Arrives: September 11, 2001
The Millennium Arrives: February 15, 2003
Changing the Imagination of Change
On the Indirectness of Direct Action
The Angel of Alternate History
Viagra for Caribou
Getting the Hell out of Paradise
Across the Great Divide
After Ideology, or Alternations in Time
The Global Local, or Alternations in Place
A Dream Three Times the Size of Texas
Journey to the Center of the World
Looking Backward: The Extraordinary Achievements of Ordinary People (2009)
Everything's Coming Together While Everything Falls Apart (2014)
Backward and Forward: An Afterword

About the Author

From Publisher:

With Hope in the Dark, Rebecca Solnit makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable. Drawing on her decades of activism and a wide reading of environmental, cultural, and political history, Solnit argued that radicals have a long, neglected history of transformative victories, that the positive consequences of our acts are not always immediately seen, directly knowable, or even measurable, and that pessimism and despair rest on an unwarranted confidence about what is going to happen next.

Originally published in 2004, now with a new foreword and afterword, Solnit's influential book shines a light into the darkness of our time in an unforgettable new edition.
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