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Cocaine Highway: The lines that link our drug habit to terror

by Alex Perry

"The only reason I can write about any of this - how cocaine smuggling is ruining an area of Africa the size of Western Europe - is because I have agreed to identify almost no one who spoke to me." In Cocaine...


Emergency Planning, Response, and Recovery

by Water Environment Federation

Helping your organization develop a preparedness strategy to lessen the economic, environmental, and social toll of disasters


Crisis Without End: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe

by Helen Caldicott

On the second anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, an international panel of leading medical and biological scientists, nuclear engineers, and policy experts assembled at the prestigious New York Academy of...


Applied Uncertainty Analysis for Flood Risk Management

by Keith Beven & Jim Hall

This volume provides an introduction for flood risk management practitioners, up-to-date methods for analysis of uncertainty and its use in risk-based decision making. It addresses decision making for both short-term...


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....


Rebuilding Urban Places After Disaster: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina

by Eugenie L. Birch & Susan M. Wachter

This volume examines the rebuilding of cities and their environs after a disaster and focuses on four major issues: making cities less vulnerable to disaster, reestablishing economic viability, responding to...


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.


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


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....


Humanitarian Wars?

by Rony Brauman & Régis Meyran

In the eyes of Rony Brauman of Médecins sans Frontières, wars are always triggered in the name of morality. Today's "humanitarian" interventions are little more than new moral crusades-and their justifications...


Out of the Whirlwind

by Philip J. Palin

Out of the Whirlwind is a novel-like narrative report on how demand and supply networks in Puerto Rico responded to the impact of Hurricane Maria. Particular attention is given to water, food, and fuel. Both...


Miracle in the Cave

by Liam Cochrane

Featuring never-before-reported details and exclusive interviews with the boys and their coach, the inspiring true story of how twelve members of the Wild Boar Academy Football Club and their coach survived...


The Boys in the Cave

by Matt Gutman

From award-winning ABC News Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman, and written using exclusive interviews and information comes the definitive account of the dramatic story that gripped the world: the miracle...


Igniting the Caribbean's Past

by Bonham C. Richardson

Unlike the earthquakes and hurricanes that have influenced Caribbean history, the region's fires have almost always been caused by humans. Geographer Bonham C. Richardson explores the effects of fire in the...


Humanitarian Ethics

by Hugo Slim

Humanitarians are required to be impartial, independent, professionally competent and focused only on preventing and alleviating human suffering. It can be hard living up to these principles when others do not...