Download e-book for iPad: Catastrophe in the Making: The Engineering of Katrina and by William R. Freudenburg,Robert B. Gramling,Shirley Laska,Kai

By William R. Freudenburg,Robert B. Gramling,Shirley Laska,Kai Erikson

When homes are flattened, cities submerged, and other people stranded with no electrical energy or perhaps meals, we characteristic the ache to “natural failures” or “acts of God.” yet what if they’re neither? What if we, as a society, are bringing those catastrophes on ourselves?


That’s the provocative conception of disaster within the Making, the 1st publication to acknowledge typhoon Katrina now not as a “perfect storm,” yet a tragedy of our personal making—and person who may develop into average.  


The authors, one an established New Orleans resident, argue that breached levees and sloppy emergency reaction are only the obvious examples of presidency failure. the real challenge is extra deeply rooted and insidious, and stretches some distance past the Gulf Coast.


Based at the fake promise of common prosperity, groups around the U.S. have embraced all manufacturers of “economic improvement” in any respect expenses. In Louisiana, that intended improvement pursuits turning wetlands into transport lanes. by means of changing a common buffer opposed to typhoon surges with a 75-mile lengthy, out of date canal that fee 1000's of hundreds of thousands of bucks, they guided the typhoon into the center of recent Orleans and adjoining groups. The authors display why, regardless of their geographic ameliorations, California and Missouri are building—quite literally—toward comparable destruction.


Too usually, the U.S. “growth desktop” generates wealth for a number of and distress for plenty of. Drawing classes from the most costly “natural” catastrophe in American background, disaster within the Making indicates why inconsiderate improvement comes at a value we will be able to ailing afford.

Show description

Read or Download Catastrophe in the Making: The Engineering of Katrina and the Disasters of Tomorrow PDF

Similar disaster relief books

Harold G Koenig's In the Wake of Disaster: Religious Responses to Terrorism PDF

In a well timed publication with a strong and persuasive message, Dr. Harold G. Koenig addresses federal, country, and native govt coverage leaders, urging them to extra absolutely combine spiritual corporations into the formal catastrophe reaction approach, and he then presents tips on how this may successfully be performed.

Paul Collins's Burn: the epic story of bushfire in Australia PDF

‘Dry warmth and sizzling, dry winds labored upon a land already dry, to suck from it the final, least drop of moisture. males who had lived their lives within the bush went their methods within the shadow of dread expectancy. yet notwithstanding they felt the imminence of risk they can now not inform that it used to be to be a ways more than they can think.

Kyle Dickman's On the Burning Edge: A Fateful Fire and the Men Who Fought PDF

NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE 12 months by way of MEN’S magazine • In the culture of Sebastian Junger’s the precise typhoon and Robert Kurson’s Shadow Divers comes a real and heartbreaking story of braveness, tricky judgements, and supreme sacrifice. at the Burning area, by way of award-winning journalist and previous wildland firefighter Kyle Dickman, is the definitive account of the Yarnell Hill hearth.

Awakening the Sleeping Giant: The Political Empowerment of by Curt Weldon PDF

Firefighters and primary responders are the spine of the United States serving in 32,000 departments normally as volunteers. Older than the US itself, firefighters and primary responders have secure us from all kinds of catastrophe, yet have been missed for years by way of govt in any respect degrees. Awakening the napping immense via Congressman/Fire leader Curt Weldon files the planned approach over 30 years to politically wake up and empower those heroes - a technique that may be utilized by any staff in the USA looking extra admire and popularity.

Additional info for Catastrophe in the Making: The Engineering of Katrina and the Disasters of Tomorrow

Sample text

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.52 of 5 – based on 31 votes