9780520256569-0520256565-Storming the Gates of Paradise

Storming the Gates of Paradise

ISBN-13: 9780520256569
ISBN-10: 0520256565
Edition: First
Author: Solnit, Rebecca
Publication date: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Paperback 430 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780520256569
ISBN-10: 0520256565
Edition: First
Author: Solnit, Rebecca
Publication date: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Paperback 430 pages

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Acknowledged authors Solnit, Rebecca wrote Storming the Gates of Paradise comprising 430 pages back in 2008. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0520256565 and 9780520256569. Since then Storming the Gates of Paradise textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 0.15 or rent at the marketplace.

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Rebecca Solnit has made a vocation of journeying into difficult territory and reporting back, as an environmentalist, antiglobalization activist, and public intellectual. Storming the Gates of Paradise, an anthology of her essential essays from the past ten years, takes the reader from the Pyrenees to the U.S.--Mexican border, from San Francisco to London, from open sky to the deepest mines, and from the antislavery struggles of two hundred years ago to today’s street protests. The nearly forty essays collected here comprise a unique guidebook to the American landscape after the millennium―not just the deserts, skies, gardens, and wilderness areas that have long made up Solnit’s subject matter, but the social landscape of democracy and repression, of borders, ruins, and protests. She ventures into territories as dark as prison and as sublime as a broad vista, revealing beauty in the harshest landscape and political struggle in the most apparently serene view. Her introduction sets the tone and the book’s overarching themes as she describes Thoreau, leaving the jail cell where he had been confined for refusing to pay war taxes and proceeding directly to his favorite huckleberry patch. In this way she links pleasure to politics, brilliantly demonstrating that the path to paradise has often run through prison.

These startling insights on current affairs, politics, culture, and history, always expressed in Solnit’s pellucid and graceful prose, constantly revise our views of the otherwise ordinary and familiar. Illustrated throughout, Storming the Gates of Paradise represents recent developments in Solnit’s thinking and offers the reader a panoramic world view enriched by her characteristically provocative, inspiring, and hopeful observations.

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