Flirting with Disaster

ISBN-10: 140276183X
ISBN-13: 9781402761836
Edition: 2008
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Description: Chernobyl, Katrina,Challenger, BP,Columbia, Vioxx. These were not unavoidable catastrophes, but disasters that could have been prevented, or whose damages could have been mitigated, if only someone had spoken up. Using case studies ranging from  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Union Square Press
Publication date: 2/2/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long
Language: English

Chernobyl, Katrina,Challenger, BP,Columbia, Vioxx. These were not unavoidable catastrophes, but disasters that could have been prevented, or whose damages could have been mitigated, if only someone had spoken up. Using case studies ranging from natural disasters and industrial accidents to Enron and the sub-prime lending crisis,Flirting with Disasterexamines the psychological, cultural and institutional impediments to whistle-blowing. WhatBlinkdid for intuition andFreakonomicsdid for microeconomics, this page-turner does for disasters, showing why they happen and how we can try to stop them before they do.

Daniel Ellsberg, a Harvard graduate, ex-Marine, and Rand Corporation analyst, was recruited to serve in the Pentagon during the Johnson administration. Now a prominent speaker, writer, and activist, Ellsberg lives in California and Washington, D.C.

Foreword: Learning from Past Disasters, Preventing Future Ones
Introduction
The Bystanders Among Us
Human Biases and Distortions
Understanding Uncertainty: Why Did So Many People Bet Against Katrina?
Space Shuttle Challenger: Cold, Warm, and Hot Causes of Disasters
Chernobyl, Faulty Design, and the Interplay of Humans and Technology
The Vioxx Disaster and BP: The Seduction of Profits
When All the Backups Failed: How American F-15s Accidentally Shot Down Two U.S. Army Black Hawks
Butterfly Wings and Stone Heads: How Complexity Influences Catastrophe in Policy Decisions
The Collapse of Arthur Andersen: The Role of Organizational Culture
When Countries Go Bankrupt: The Prisoner's Dilemma Writ Large
What Have We Learned? What Can We Do?
Advice for Leaders
Afterword: When the Leaders Are the Problem
Acknowledgments
Notes
Sources
About the Authors
Index

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