The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America
Scott Gabriel Knowles
280 pages | 6 x 9 | 22 illus.
Cloth Sep 2011 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4350-5 | $45.00 | £29.50
A volume in the City in the Twenty-First Century series
"In The Disaster Experts, Scott Knowles makes a key contribution to our understanding of how American disaster policy has evolved over time. This book is a way to appreciate at a deeper level why and how Americans are prepared in some ways, and profoundly unprepared in others, for the disasters to come in the twenty-first century."–James Lee Witt, Chief Executive Officer, Witt Associates, and FEMA Director, 1993-2001
This book traces the intertwined histories of disaster experts—specialists in predicting the unpredictable and managing the unmanageable—revealing how their interdisciplinary research and practices over the past century have shaped modern America.
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