From Publishers Weekly
In this uneven collection, Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time, gathers together over sixty poems, memoirs and essays tailored to buck up the spirits of a left-liberal audience depressed by the sorry state of the world. Although generally in favor of justice and democracy and against the "runaway global market," the selection of writers includes a wide range of environmentalists, civil rights crusaders, anti-poverty activists and dissidents against both fascism and communism. From these eclectic offerings some hopeful, albeit familiar themes assert themselves: ordinary people can make a difference, every little bit counts, in solidarity there is strength, a positive attitude is half the battle, the powers that be are unexpectedly vulnerable, and history is full of surprising victories of the weak over the strong. Not surprisingly, many of the pieces amount to motivational lectures, while others inflate the notion of hope into tiresome dilations on, for example, the links between information processing, daydreams and butterflies. But the articles that deal with concrete struggles and achievementsNelson Mandelas memoir of imprisonment on Robben Island, Vaclav Havels account of the ant-like construction of civil society and a dissident political culture in Communist Czechoslovakia, Bill McKibbens homage to the urban planning triumphs of Curitiba, Brazildeliver real inspiration.
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"A shot in the arm for all of us who feel withered by crisis and paralyzed with cynicism...." -- Aretha Williams, San Antonio Express News, Sept 12 2005
"A stirring collection of essays aimed at people who still want to believe that ordinary people can change the world." -- Atlanta Journal Constitution, October 30, 2004
"An anthology of some of the most powerful voices of our time." -- Boston Globe, Oct 3 2004
"An indispensable anthology of hope. Put away your Prozac, and pick up The Impossible Will Take a Little While
." -- Arianna Huffington
"Deeply moving and motivating... a retinue to be reckoned with from those dedicated to the concept of a better world" -- Baltimore Sun, Jan 2, 2005
"Hopeful, inspiring, and motivating... May well be required reading for us all." -- Sierra Club magazine, December 2004
"Paul Loeb brings hope for a better world in a time when we so urgently need it." -- Millard Fuller, founder, Habitat for Humanity
"This book can even make one hopeful about the future despite so many signs to the contrary." -- Bill Moyers
"This might possibly be the most important collection of stories and essays you will ever read." -- History Channel top-10 2004 political book list, November 2004
"Will resonate with anyone struggling with despair and doubt." -- Dallas Morning News, Nov. 30, 2004