A crisp, intimate portrait of the catastrophe.
— Gregory Crouch - Wall Street Journal
This is a frightening book that will make readers take stock of their own home surroundings, regional infrastructure, and the values of our times.
— Annie Proulx
Gripping.… Fire in Paradise
has the narrative propulsion and granular detail of the best breaking-news disaster journalism.
— Rachel Monroe - New York Times Book Review
A story that is both sweeping in scope and vivid in its particulars.
— Carolyn Kellogg - Washington Post
This remarkable account will remind you of the power of the human spirit, even, or especially, in a crisis.
— Bill McKibben
A gripping ticktock account.… [Fire in Paradise
] covers the history of that part of California and the influence of climate change on these disasters, but at its core are visceral individual stories of bravery and tragedy.
— John Williams - New York Times
A page-turner from the get-go.… The details of [the locals’] lives lend verisimilitude sure to hook the most callous of observers.
— Judith M. Gallman - Oakland Magazine
Gripping.… The scale of the disaster is enormous, but the authors’ focus on individual survival lends the book harrowing intimacy.
— Hank Stephenson - Shelf Awareness
So riveting and evocative that you can almost smell the smoke. Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano’s account of how a city of 27,000 burned to the ground in a matter of hours reads like a thriller. It’s also crucial. As the world warms, cities across the arid West are increasingly at risk of suffering a fate similar to Paradise.
— Dan Egan, author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes
A gripping and meticulously reported account of how one California community was wiped from the map.
— Adam Higginbotham, author of Midnight in Chernobyl