Surviving Our Catastrophes: Resilience and Renewal from Hiroshima to the Covid-19 Pandemic (Hardcover)

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Surviving Our Catastrophes: Resilience and Renewal from Hiroshima to the Covid-19 Pandemic (Hardcover)

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From the National Book Award winner, a powerful and timely rumination on how we can draw on historical examples of "survivor power" to understand the upheaval and death caused by the COVID-19 pandemic--and collectively heal

"Lifton shows us why we must confront reality in order to save democracy." --Peter Balakian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ozone Journal

In this moving and ultimately hopeful meditation on the psychological aftermath of catastrophe, award-winning psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton calls forth his life's work to show us how to cope with the lasting effects and legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic. The result is a thought-provoking examination of life in the face of COVID-19 from one of the most profound thinkers of our time.

When the people of Hiroshima experienced the unspeakable horror of the atomic bombing, they responded by creating an activist "city of peace." Survivors of the Nazi death camps took the lead in combating mass killing of any kind and converted their experience into art and literature that demonstrated the resilience of the human spirit. Drawing on the remarkably life-affirming responses of survivors of such atrocities, Lifton, "one of the world's foremost thinkers on why we humans do such awful things to each other" (Bill Moyers), shows readers how we can carry on and live meaningful lives even in the face of the tragic and the absurd.


Surviving Our Catastrophes offers compelling examples of "survivor power" and makes clear that we will not move forward by denying the true extent of the pandemic's destruction. Instead, we must truly reckon with COVID-19's effects on ourselves and society--and find individual and collective forms of renewal.

A pioneer in the field of psychohistory, Robert Jay Lifton is a psychiatrist and author best known for his studies of the psychological causes and effects of war and political violence and for his theory of thought reform and cult behavior. He has written over twenty books, including many seminal works in the field such as the National Book Award-winning Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima, Los Angeles Times Book Prize-winning The Nazi Doctors, National Book Award-nominated Home from the War, as well as The Climate Swerve, Losing Reality, and Surviving Our Catastrophes (all from The New Press). He has taught at Yale University, Harvard University, and the City University of New York. He lives in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
Product Details ISBN: 9781620978153
ISBN-10: 1620978156
Publisher: New Press
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
Pages: 192
Language: English