Acts of God The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America

ISBN-10: 0195309685
ISBN-13: 9780195309683
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Ted Steinberg
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

As the waters of the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain began to pour into New Orleans, people began asking the big question--could any of this have been avoided? How much of the damage from Hurricane Katrina was bad luck, and how much was poor city planning? Steinberg's Acts of God is a provocative history of natural disasters in the United States. This revised edition features a new chapter analyzing the failed response to Hurricane Katrina, a disasterSteinberg warned could happen when the book first was published. Focusing on America's worst natural disasters, Steinberg argues that it is wrong to see these tragedies as random outbursts of nature's violence or expressions of divine judgment. He reveals how the decisions of business leaders and governmentofficials have paved the way for the greater losses of life and property, especially among those least able to withstand such blows--America's poor, elderly, and minorities. Seeing nature or God as the primary culprit, Steinberg explains, has helped to hide the fact that some Americans are simply better able to protect themselves from the violence of nature than others. In the face of revelations about how the federal government mishandled the Katrina calamity, this book is a must-readbefore further wind and water sweep away more lives. Acts of God is a call to action that needs desperately to be heard.

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface
Introduction: Hometown Blues
Return of the Suppressed
Last Call for Judgment Day
Disaster as Archetype
Do-It-Yourself Deathscape
Interlude: Body Counting
Federalizing Risk
Building for Apocalypse
Uncle Sam-Floodplain Recidivist
Interlude: The Perils of Private Property
Containing Calamity
The Neurotic Life of Weather Control
Forecasting at the Fair Weather Service
Who Pays?
The Drowning of America
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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