The Good and the Bad in the Ugly
A PARADISE BUILT IN HELL:
The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster.
By Rebecca Solnit.
Viking. 353 pp. $27.95
Between the terrorist attacks of 2001 and the near destruction of New Orleans four years later, the 21st century’s first decade has given Americans ample opportunity to reflect on disaster. But, argues Rebecca Solnit in A Paradise Built in Hell, we have yet to learn the crucial lessons that such calamities ought to teach us.
Solnit—the author of an impressively...