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To the Rescue!: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival

by Carolyn Matthews

Ordinary people become heroes in extraordinary circumstances - a ski accident, a missing child, a thrilling sea rescue.

Storm Surge

by Adam Sobel

A renowned scientist takes us through the devastating and unprecedented events of Hurricane Sandy, using it to explain our planet’s changing climate, and what we need to do to protect ourselves and our cities...

When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival

by Matthew Stein & James Wesley Rawles

Disasters often strike without warning and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Yet armed with the right tools and information, survivors can fend for themselves and get through even the toughest circumstances....

Disaster on the Horizon: High Stakes, High Risks, and the Story Behind the Deepwater Well Blowout

by Bob Cavnar

Disaster on the Horizon is a behind-the-scenes investigative look at the worst oil well accident in US history, which led to the current environmental and economic catastrophe on the Gulf Coast. Cavnar uses...

When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, 2nd Edition

by Matthew Stein

There’s never been a better time to “be prepared.” Matthew Stein’s comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills—from food and water to shelter and energy to first-aid and crisis-management skills—prepares...

Sports in the Aftermath of Tragedy: From Kennedy to Katrina

by Michael Gavin

In Sports in the Aftermath of Tragedy: From Kennedy to Katrina, Michael Gavin explores how columnists have written about sports’ role in the national recovery from specific tragedies. Beginning with John F....

The World is Moving Around Me: A Memoir of the Haiti Earthquake

by Dany Laferrière, David Homel & Michaëlle Jean

A moving eyewitness account of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and its aftermath by the acclaimed Haitian Canadian writer.

The Big Truck That Went By

by Jonathan M. Katz

On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck the nation least prepared to handle it. Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti,...

Disaster Survival Preparation - What Food and Supplies to Purchase Now For Emergency Survival - And Much More - 101 World Class Expert Facts, Hints, T

by Meredith Heath

Disaster Survival Preparation - What Food and Supplies to Purchase Now For Emergency Survival - And Much More - 101 World Class Expert Facts, Hints, Tips and Advice on Survival and Emergency


by Christopher Cooper & Robert Block

Based on exclusive interviews, the inside story of how America's emergency response system failed and how it remains dangerously broken

When Hurricane Katrina roared ashore on the morning of August 29, 2005,...

Hell on Earth

by David L. Porter & Lee Reeder

The world is burning, and it appears that we are to blame. Conditions that create large-scale fire disasters are occurring more frequently every year, spurred on by global warming. And the potential for damage,...

The Graves Are Walking

by John Kelly

A magisterial account of one of the worst disasters to strike humankind--the Great Irish Potato Famine--conveyed as lyrical narrative history from the acclaimed author of The Great Mortality

Deeply researched,...

Pox Americana

by Elizabeth A. Fenn

The astonishing, hitherto unknown truths about a disease that transformed the United States at its birth

A horrifying epidemic of smallpox was sweeping across the Americas when the American Revolution began,...


by Gina Kolata

The fascinating, true story of the world's deadliest disease.

In 1918, the Great Flu Epidemic felled the young and healthy virtually overnight. An estimated forty million people died as the epidemic raged. Children...

The Sociology of Katrina: Perspectives on a Modern Catastrophe

by Steven J. Picou, David Overfelt, David L. Brunsma & Nancy G. Kutner et al.

The second edition of The Sociology of Katrina again brings together the nation's top sociological researchers in an effort to catalogue and deepen our understanding of the modern catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina....

Helping Poor People, Emigrants & Refugees from Islamic Perspective

by Muhammad Vandestra

The world is experiencing an unprecedented refugee crisis as millions of people are forced from their homes and involuntarily displaced due to conflict, war, and poverty. In particular, there are an estimated...

Survival Pantry: Beginner's Guide To Canning And Preserving For Food And Water Storage

by Allen Peters

Want to survive any disaster? Well, it starts with a solid emergency preparedness plan to ensure things move down the right path.

Building a DIY survival pantry will save time and assure your safety!

This is a...

Preparedness Gardening: Prepper's Survival Guide On Homesteading and Urban Gardening

by Arthur Fry

Want to survive anything?

Emergency preparedness is important and it starts with resolute gardening. This is the ultimate gardening guide for those who want to assess what is needed to survive.

Arthur Fry has...

Bug Out Bag: A Complete Guide On Prepping And Building A Disaster Survival Kit

by Jonah Broad

Want to prepare for the next disaster? Emergency preparedness is important and it begins by working on your bug out bag. For the ultimate survival tips, it's important to have this bug out bag handbook in hand...

Humanitarian aid, genocide and mass killings

by Jean-Hervé Bradol & Marc Le Pape

Throughout the 1990s, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was forced to face the challenges posed by the genocide of Rwandan Tutsis and a succession of outbreaks of political violence in Rwanda and its neighbouring...