Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities

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Nation Books, 2006 - History - 182 pages
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When the first edition of Hope in the Dark was published in mid-2004 it gained an instant cult audience. Many readers were so inspired by Solnit's book that they bought multiple copies to give to friends. This new, significantly expanded edition covers, among other things, the political territory of America and the world after George Bush's re-election.

Acclaimed author Rebecca Solnit draws on her life as a writer and activist, on the events of our moment, on our deepest past, to argue for hope?hope even in the dark. Solnit reminds us of how changed the world has been by the activism of the past five decades. Offering a dazzling account of some of the least expected of those changes, she proposes a vision of cause-and-effect relations that provides new grounds for political engagement in the present. Counting historic victories?from the fall of the Berlin wall to the Zapatista uprising to Seattle in 1999 to the worldwide marches against war in Iraq to Cancun in September 2003?she traces the rise of a sophisticated, supple, nonviolent new movement that unites all the diverse and fragmentary issues of the eighties and nineties in our new century.
  

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Contents

Looking into Darkness
1
Other Ways of Telling
7
Despair and Discontent or the Wall and the Door
13
What We Won
21
The Millennium Arrives November 9 1989
27
The Millennium Arrives January I I 994
33
The Millennium Arrives November 30 1999
41
The Millennium Arrives September I I 2001
49
Getting the Hell Out of Paradise
81
Across the Great Divide
91
After Ideology
103
The Global Local
109
Interruption The World Catches Fire
117
A Dream Three Times the Size of Texas
125
Doubt
133
Journey to the Center of the World
139

The Millennium Arrives February 15 2003
53
Changing the Imagination of Change
57
On the Indirectness of Direct Action
63
The Angel of Alternate History
73
Viagra for Caribou
77
Afterword
145
Acknowledgments
175
Notes
177
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Rebecca Solnit's previous books include River of Shadows, Hollow City, As Eve Said to the Serpent, Savage Dreams and Wanderlust: A History of Walking. An activist and cultural historian, she writes about place, environment, politics and culture. Rebecca Solnit is the recipient of the Lannan literary award and lives in San Francisco. SHe is the winner of the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award.

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