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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


Disaster

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,...


Flu

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....


Survival Preparation

by Alan Ingram

We have not been without an national emergency since the end of WW2. During the last few years they have become a lot more severe, and a hell of a lot closer. A complete collapse of social systems, or public...


The Doom Loop in the Financial Sector

by William Leiss

In the past two years, the world has experienced how unsound economic practices can disrupt global economic and social order. Today’s volatile global financial situation highlights the importance of managing...


The Family Guide to Survival Skills That Can Save Your Life and the Lives of Your Family

by Alan Corson

Think about where you are right now. How well would you and your family fare if today, right now, you were suddenly faced with an enormous disastera massive earthquake, a sudden flood, a horrific hurricane,...


Family Preparedness for the New Millennium

by David Browne

Not many people realize it, but the world is coming apartand its probably not going to get better anytime soon. Terrorism, natural disasters, economic collapses, riots, and civil unrest continue to spread throughout...


Food Aid in Sudan

by Susanne Jaspars

  • Totally unique in examining the evolution and effects of food aid practices in one country over a period of more than 50 years.

  • Rich in empirical material - based on extensive interviews with all those involved...