||Catastrophe in the making : the engineering of Katrina and the disasters of tomorrow /
|| Island Press/Shearwater Books,
Hurricane Katrina, 2005. ;
Hurricane protection--Louisiana--Evaluation. ;
Flood control--Louisiana--New Orleans--Evaluation. ;
Levees--Louisiana--New Orleans--History. ;
Levees--Mississippi River. ;
Emergency management--Louisiana--New Orleans. ;
Economic development--Environmental aspects--Louisiana--New Orleans. ;
Disasters--prevention & control. ;
Cyclonic Storms. ;
||HV636 2005.N4 C38 2009
||Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA
||209 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 171-196) and index.
The first days of Katrina -- A mighty storm hits the shore -- The setting -- Slicing through the swamps -- The growth machine comes to New Orleans -- A "helpful explosion" -- The collapse of engineered systems -- The loss of natural defenses -- Critical for economic survival? -- The axe in the attic -- The end of an error? "On a sweltering August day in 2005, Hurricane Katrina blasted New Orleans, leaving behind devastation and chaos. Conventional wisdom tells us it was a tragic case of nature striking humans, but 'Catastrophe in the making' explains that the conventional wisdom is dangerously wrong. Katrina was instead a tragic case of humans striking nature, and paying dearly for it. Worse, we continue to make the same mistakes all across the country, courting costly and lethal disasters"--Inside cover.