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

Author: William R Freudenburg; Robert Gramling; Shirley Bradway Laska; Kai Erikson
Publisher: Washington : Island Press/Shearwater Books, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On a sweltering August day in 2005, Hurricane Katrina blasted New Orleans, leaving behind devastation and chaos. Conventional wisdom tells us it was a tragic case of nature striking humans, but 'Catastrophe in the making' explains that the conventional wisdom is dangerously wrong. Katrina was instead a tragic case of humans striking nature, and paying dearly for it. Worse, we continue to make the same mistakes all
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William R Freudenburg; Robert Gramling; Shirley Bradway Laska; Kai Erikson
ISBN: 1610911563 9781610911566 9781597266826 1597266825
OCLC Number: 795162725
Description: 1 online resource (209 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: The first days of Katrina --
A mighty storm hits the shore --
The setting --
Slicing through the swamps --
The growth machine comes to New Orleans --
A "helpful explosion" --
The collapse of engineered systems --
The loss of natural defenses --
Critical for economic survival? --
The axe in the attic --
The end of an error?
Responsibility: William R. Freudenburg, Robert Gramling, Shirley Laska, Kai T. Erikson.

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