Common Good Books welcomes author J.C. Hallman for what promises to be a fascinating discussion of his latest book, In Utopia: Six Kinds of Eden and the Search for a Better Paradise.
The book chronicles the author's search for the meaning of utopian ideas in today's world. Among other modern utopian projects, Hallman explores a plan to introduce lions and rhinoceroses into the American landscape to fulfill the ecological functions of extinct animals such as saber-toothed tigers. In another instance, he tours a $30 billion megacity being built from scratch on an artificial island off the coast of Korea. Perhaps the strangest utopia he encounters is The World, a co-op cruise ship for the wealthy, endlessly traveling the seas.