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The Resource Acts of God : the unnatural history of natural disaster in America, Ted Steinberg

Acts of God : the unnatural history of natural disaster in America, Ted Steinberg

Label
Acts of God : the unnatural history of natural disaster in America
Title
Acts of God
Title remainder
the unnatural history of natural disaster in America
Statement of responsibility
Ted Steinberg
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The ten most costly catastrophes in U.S. history have all been natural disasters - seven of them hurricanes - and all have occurred since 1989, a period, ironically, that Congress has dubbed the Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. But is nature to blame? In fact, as environmental historian Ted Steinberg explains, much of the death and destruction has been well within the realm of human control. Surveying more than a century of losses from weather and seismic extremes, Steinberg exposes the fallacy of seeing such calamities as simply random events." "Acts of God explores the unnatural history of natural calamity, the decisions of business leaders and government officials that 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 argues, has helped to obscure the fact that, in truth, some Americans are better protected from the violence of nature than their counterparts lower down the socioeconomic ladder. How else can we explain that the hardest hit areas have been mobile home parks and other low-income neighborhoods?" "Sure to provoke discussion, Acts of God is a call to action that must be heard before the next disaster hits."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1961-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Steinberg, Theodore
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GB5007
LC item number
.S74 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Natural disasters
  • Emergency management
  • Disaster relief
Label
Acts of God : the unnatural history of natural disaster in America, Ted Steinberg
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-280) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Hometown blues -- Return of the suppressed. Last call for judgment day ; Disaster as archetype ; Do-it-yourself deathscape ; 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? -- Epilogue: Remembering McKinneysburg
Control code
44516810
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 294 pages
Isbn
9780195165456
Lccn
00057991
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Acts of God : the unnatural history of natural disaster in America, Ted Steinberg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-280) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Hometown blues -- Return of the suppressed. Last call for judgment day ; Disaster as archetype ; Do-it-yourself deathscape ; 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? -- Epilogue: Remembering McKinneysburg
Control code
44516810
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 294 pages
Isbn
9780195165456
Lccn
00057991
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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