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Catastrophe in the making : the engineering of Katrina and the disasters of tomorrow

Author: William R Freudenburg
Publisher: Washington : Island Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Intends to recognize Hurricane Katrina not as a "perfect storm", but a tragedy of our own making - and one that could become commonplace. Drawing lessons from the most expensive "natural" disaster in  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William R Freudenburg
ISBN: 1610911636 9781610911634
OCLC Number: 754088078
Description: 209 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue: The first days of Katrina --
1. A mighty storm hits the shore --
2. The setting --
3. Slicing through the swamps --
4. The growth machine comes to New Orleans --
5. A "helpful expansion" --
6. The collapse of engineered systems --
7. The loss of natural defenses --
8. Ciritcal for economic survival --
9. The axe in the attic --
10. The end of an error.
Responsibility: William R. Freudenburg [and others].

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