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ISBN-10: 0865476586

ISBN-13: 9780865476585

ISBN-10: 0865477159

ISBN-13: 9780865477155

On July thirteen, 1977, there has been a blackout in long island urban. With the darkish got here pleasure, experience, and fright in subway tunnels, place of work towers, busy intersections, high-rise stairwells, inn lobbies, elevators, and hospitals. there has been revelry in bars and eating places, track and dancing within the streets. On block after block, women and men proved themselves heroes by way of aiding buddies and strangers make it during the night.

Unfortunately, there has been additionally frequent looting, vandalism, and arson. Even sooner than police restored order, humans started to ask and argue approximately why. Why did humans do what they did while the lighting went out? The argument raged for weeks however it was once like the evening: plenty of warmth, little light--a shouting fit among those that held quick to at least one clarification and people who held speedy to another.

James Goodman cuts among injuries, encounters, conversations, exchanges, and arguments to re-create that evening and its aftermath in a dizzying accumulation of aspect. Rejecting basic dichotomies and one-dimensional motives for why humans act as they do in moments of clash and difficulty, Goodman illuminates attitudes, rules, and reports which were misplaced in facile generalizations and analyses. Journalistic new version at its most enjoyable, Blackout provides a whirlwind travel of Seventies big apple and a problem to traditional thinking.

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