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New Expanded Edition! An argument for hope even in the dark. Activism of the past five decades and new grounds for political engagement. This new, significantly expanded edition covers, among other things, the political territory of America and the world after George Bush re-election.

“One of the Best Books of the 21st Century.”
The Guardian

“No writer has better understood the mix of fear and possibility, peril and exuberance that’s marked this new millennium.”
–Bill McKibben

“An elegant reminder that activist victories are easily forgotten, and that they often come in extremely unexpected, roundabout ways.”
The New Yorker

A book as powerful and influential as Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, her Hope in the Dark was written to counter the despair of radicals at a moment when they were focused on their losses and had turned their back to the victories behind them–and the unimaginable changes soon to come. In it, she 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. Now, with a moving new introduction explaining how the book came about and a new afterword that helps teach us how to hope and act in our unnerving world, she brings a new illumination to the darkness of 2016 in an unforgettable new edition of this classic book.

Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of eighteen or so books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster, including the books Men Explain Things to Me and Hope in the Dark, both also with Haymarket; a trilogy of atlases of American cities; The Faraway Nearby; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in DisasterA Field Guide to Getting LostWanderlust: A History of Walking; and River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award). A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a columnist at Harper’s and a regular contributor to the Guardian.

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Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit

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 even in the dark.

Reminders of how changed the world has been by the activism of the past five decades. A dazzling account of some of the least expected of those changes, and a vision of cause-and-effect relations that provides new grounds for political engagement in the present.

Rebecca Solnit 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:

Historic victories from the fall of the Berlin wall
Zapatista uprising
Seattle in 1999
Worldwide marches against the war in Iraq
Cancun in September 2003
And much more!

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. ISBN 978-1-60846-576-7.

Rebecca Solnit is an independent writer since l988. As a writer, historian, and activist, she is the author of 20 books on feminism, the environment, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster. Her work includes atlases of New Orleans and San Francisco, Hope in the Dark, and Men Explain Things to Me. She has received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award.

Rebecca Solnit is the product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school. She is a columnist at Harper’s.

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