Hope in the Dark

Hope in the Dark

Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
Arguing that the "uprising" against the War in Iraq was actually a victory, not a defeat, the author traces the many interwoven threads of the anti-globalization and anti-war movements, revealing the contours of a new brand of radicalism in America. Original.

Blackwell North Amer
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 of movements that unites all the diverse and fragmentary issues of the eighties and nineties in our new century.

Publisher: New York : Nation Books : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2004
ISBN: 9781560255772
1560255773
Characteristics: 150 p. ; 20 cm

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LPL_ShirleyB Aug 10, 2017

Solnit provides powerful reassurance to have faith in the impact of social and environmental activism—to accept that benefits are not usually obvious or immediate.

Wonderfully uplifting yet clear-eyed and down-to-earth book for people who need a little inspiration to keep going in the face of what often seems to be insurmountable odds. My favorite quote from the intro: "It’s important to say what hope is not: it is not the belief that everything was, is, or will be fine. The evidence is all around us of tremendous suffering and tremendous destruction. The hope I’m interested in is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities, ones that invite or demand that we act. It’s also not a sunny everything-is-getting-better narrative, though it may be a counter to the everything-is-getting-worse narrative. You could call it an account of complexities and uncertainties, with openings."

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stepha89
Mar 25, 2017

Using historical examples, Solnit asserts that not being where they want to be yet isn't a reason for activists to give up on their movements; instead, they should be heartened by the smaller victories along the way. At times the book felt almost like she was trying to promote progressive activism, but her overall argument was effective.

LPL_DirectorBrad Mar 10, 2017

I am Rebecca Solnit's newest fanboy. Her dissection of the either/or, black/white, this/that mentality that plagues so many of us so much of the time begs that it be read--often and repeatedly like a great hymnal. Solnit helps me keep hope in my heart as we face an uncertain future. She reminds us that we become our best selves when crises or adversity challenge us, and that we must not lose hope and retreat from seemingly unwinnable battles. She helps remind me of what my wife always says, just do the next right thing. Required reading!

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mclarjh
Sep 07, 2014

This is more self promotional advertising material for 'progressive' activism than it is clear headed analysis.

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