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Title Catastrophe in the making : the engineering of Katrina and the disasters of tomorrow / William R. Freudenburg, Robert Gramling, Shirley Laska, Kai T. Erikson
Published Washington, DC : Island Press/Shearwater Books, ©2009
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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?
Summary "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 across the country, courting costly and lethal disasters"--Inside cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-196) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Hurricane Katrina, 2005.
Hurricane protection -- Louisiana -- Evaluation.
Levees -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History.
Levees -- Mississippi River.
Emergency management -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Flood control -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Evaluation.
Economic development -- Environmental aspects -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Cyclonic Storms.
Disasters -- prevention & control.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Freudenburg, William R.
Gramling, Robert, 1943-
Laska, Shirley Bradway, 1944-
Erikson, Kai, 1931-
LC no. 2009021516
ISBN 1610911563 (electronic book)
9781610911566 (electronic book)