The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America, written by Drexel University historian Scott Gabriel Knowles, is out in paperback now.
Knowles tells the fascinating story of how various professionals–insurance inspectors, engineers, scientists, journalists, public officials, civil defense planners, and emergency managers–emerged as the authorities on risk and disaster and, in the process, shaped modern America.
The Disaster Experts looks at responses to early twentieth-century conflagrations, the threat of nuclear annihilation, civil unrest, the 9/11 attacks, and hurricanes like Katrina. These crises were especially life-threatening and deadly in densely populated communities.
As cities and towns across the country continue to cope with superstorms, shootings, rising ocean levels, and other dangers to life and property, The Disaster Experts remains a timely read for urban planners, historians, and safety-minded citizens.
If you'd like the chance to receive a free copy of The Disaster Experts, send an email to pressmkt at pobox dot upenn dot edu with your first name, last name, and your preferred email address by March 15 at noon Eastern Standard Time. One winner will be selected at random.
Hear Scott Knowles discuss moral hazard, federal funds, and Hurricane Sandy relief efforts on WHYY's Radio Times.