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The Plateau

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The Plateau by Maggie Paxson
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Aug 13, 2019 | 368 Pages
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“Multilayered, intimate .. Paxson is meticulous in her attention to  … the way people live, their language, the choices people make in times of violence …  An elegant, intensive study that grapples with an enormous idea: how to be good.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Maggie Paxson went in search of human goodness and found a story that affected me in ways few books ever have. The Plateau is exquisite, excruciating, fearless  – a book not only for these times, when our need for understanding is so great, but for all times. A masterpiece.” —David Finkel, author of The Good Soldiers and Thank You for Your Service

“After so much written about evil and pathology, here at last is a beautiful book that proves that selflessness is not a fairy tale. In describing an astonishing tradition of idealism and sacrifice, Maggie Paxson captures human goodness in all its complexity and ferocity.”
 –Larissa MacFarquhar, author of Strangers Drowning

“Maggie Paxson takes us on this wondrous, probing journey in her search for the roots of kindness. How is it, she asks, that this one small place has so bravely stood up for strangers? The Plateau and the people you’ll meet in its pages are just the right antidote for these unsettling times.”
— Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here and An American Summer
 
“In a world that feels increasingly dark, Paxson’s remarkable search for parallels and paths to goodness between past and present, war and peace, is a heartbreaking and clear-eyed exploration of all that makes us human. She offers readers the key to survival: hope.” –Sarah Wildman, author of Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind

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