Acts of God The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-07-20
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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As the waters of the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain began to pour into New Orleans, people began asking the big question-could any of this have been avoided? How much of the damage from Hurricane Katrina was bad luck, and how much was poor city planning?

Author Biography

Ted Steinberg teaches history at Case Western Reserve University.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: Hometown Bluesp. xvii
Return of the Suppressed
Last Call for Judgment Dayp. 3
Disaster as Archetypep. 25
Do-It-Yourself Deathscapep. 47
Interlude: Body Countingp. 69
Federalizing Risk
Building for Apocalypsep. 79
Uncle Sam-Floodplain Recidivistp. 97
Interlude: The Perils of Private Propertyp. 117
Containing Calamity
The Neurotic Life of Weather Controlp. 127
Forecasting at the Fair Weather Servicep. 149
Who Pays?p. 173
The Drowning of Americap. 197
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 277
Indexp. 293
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