Tuesday, September 12, 7-9 pm
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
by Erik Reese
(Note: paperback will be available for purchase in August)
For Erik Reece, life was good. And yet he couldn’t ignore his conviction that, in fact, the good ol’ United States was in the midst of great social, environmental, and political crises. Where did we — here, in the land of Jeffersonian optimism and better tomorrows — go wrong? Reece turned to those who had dared to imagine radically different futures for America. What followed was a road trip through the sites of America’s utopian communities, both historical and contemporary, known and unknown successful and catastrophic. He uncovered not just a series of lost histories and broken visionaries but also a continuing and vital, but hidden, idealistic tradition.Utopia Drive is an important and definitive reconstruction of that tradition. It is also, perhaps, a new framework to help us find a genuinely sustainable way forward.
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