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To the Rescue!: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival

by Carolyn Matthews Dundurn (May 28, 2005)

Ordinary people become heroes in extraordinary circumstances - a ski accident, a missing child, a thrilling sea rescue.


Storm Surge

by Adam Sobel Harper Wave (October 14, 2014)

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 Chelsea Green Publishing (November 16, 2011)

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 Chelsea Green Publishing (October 22, 2010)

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 Chelsea Green Publishing (August 18, 2008)

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 Scarecrow Press (December 06, 2012)

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....


The World is Moving Around Me: A Memoir of the Haiti Earthquake

by Dany Laferrière, David Homel & Michaëlle Jean Arsenal Pulp Press (December 07, 2012)

A moving eyewitness account of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and its aftermath by the acclaimed Haitian Canadian writer.


The Big Truck That Went By

by Jonathan M. Katz St. Martin's Press (January 08, 2013)

On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck the nation least prepared to handle it. Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti,...


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 Emereo Publishing (October 24, 2012)

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


Disaster

by Christopher Cooper & Robert Block Henry Holt and Co. (April 01, 2007)

Based on exclusive interviews, the inside story of how America's emergency response system failed and how it remains dangerously broken

When Hurricane Katrina roared ashore on the morning of August 29, 2005,...


Hell on Earth

by David L. Porter & Lee Reeder Tom Doherty Associates (April 28, 2009)

The world is burning, and it appears that we are to blame. Conditions that create large-scale fire disasters are occurring more frequently every year, spurred on by global warming. And the potential for damage,...


The Graves Are Walking

by John Kelly Henry Holt and Co. (August 21, 2012)

A magisterial account of one of the worst disasters to strike humankind--the Great Irish Potato Famine--conveyed as lyrical narrative history from the acclaimed author of The Great Mortality

Deeply researched,...


Pox Americana

by Elizabeth A. Fenn Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 02, 2002)

The astonishing, hitherto unknown truths about a disease that transformed the United States at its birth

A horrifying epidemic of smallpox was sweeping across the Americas when the American Revolution began,...


Flu

by Gina Kolata Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2011)

The fascinating, true story of the world's deadliest disease.

In 1918, the Great Flu Epidemic felled the young and healthy virtually overnight. An estimated forty million people died as the epidemic raged. Children...


The Sociology of Katrina: Perspectives on a Modern Catastrophe

by Steven J. Picou, David Overfelt, David L. Brunsma & Nancy G. Kutner et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 16, 2010)

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....


The Ultimate Sh*t Hits the Fan Survival Guide

by Len McDougall Skyhorse (July 25, 2017)

The world is changing before our very eyes. Today we deal with serious social, political, economic, and environmental issues that affect our everyday lives. With this change we must adapt, and by adapt we mean...


Basic Survival

by David Nash & James Wesley Rawles Skyhorse (November 07, 2017)

Many people are beginning to become concerned by increasing natural disasters, global conflict, and political unrest and the smart ones want to do something about it. Unfortunately, increased awareness about...


Be a Hero

by Alun Rees, John Geddes & Don Mann Skyhorse (August 08, 2017)

Dealing with the unthinkable

It’s never going to be you. Then one day you hear the clatter of automatic fire at the mall. You have been drawn into the chaos and terror of an active shooter event. What do you...


The Pocket Disaster Survival Guide

by Harris J. Andrews & J. Alexander Bowers Skyhorse (April 01, 2010)

Whether it’s a hurricane bearing down on a home near the coast or a power line downed in a snowstorm near a car, are you prepared for these situations? This slim handbook will provide you with all the information...


The Armageddon Survival Handbook

by Rainer Stahlberg Skyhorse (November 24, 2010)

Growing up in Soviet-dominated Hungary, Rainer Stahlberg developed an increasing wariness of the world around him. When he was wounded in the Hungarian uprising of 1956, he resolved to never be caught unprepared...


The Disaster Preparedness Handbook

by Arthur T. Bradley Skyhorse (July 20, 2011)

Ninety-nine percent of the time, the world spins like a top, the skies are clear, and your refrigerator is full of good food. But the world is a volatile place—storms rage, fires burn, and diseases spread....


What to Do When the Shit Hits the Fan

by David Black Skyhorse (January 02, 2014)

Recent events have taught us all that anyone, anywhere can face an emergency situation. Do you have the tools, equipment, and knowledge to ensure the safety of your family? With the expert advice in this handbook,...


Bringing Columbia Home

by Jonathan H. Ward, Michael D. Leinbach, Robert Crippen & Eileen Collins Arcade (January 23, 2018)

Timed to release for the 15th Anniversary of the Columbia space shuttle disaster, this is the epic true story of one of the most dramatic, unforgettable adventures of our time.

On February 1, 2003, Columbia disintegrated...


Riding through Katrina with the Red Baron's Ghost

by J. Malcolm Garcia Arcade (August 21, 2018)

The first book that J. Malcolm Garcia ever bought would impact his life in a way that the then twelve-year-old could have never imagined. The Day the Red Baron Died plunged Garcia into the intrigue and excitement...


The Homeowner's Hurricane Handbook

by Bob Stearns Skyhorse (July 01, 2009)

With chapters such as Nature of the Beast, to What To Expect In The Aftermath, the Hurricane Preparedness Handbook is a how-to guide for dealing with hurricanes before, during, and after—including understanding...


Miracle in the Cave

by Liam Cochrane HarperOne (January 08, 2019)

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 William Morrow (November 13, 2018)

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...


Rising Water

by Marc Aronson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 19, 2019)

The incredible true story of the twelve boys trapped with their coach in a flooded cave in Thailand and their inspiring rescue.

On June 23, 2018, twelve members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach were...


Igniting the Caribbean's Past

by Bonham C. Richardson The University of North Carolina Press (December 15, 2005)

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...


Grenfell Hope

by Gaby Doherty SPCK (June 14, 2018)

Gaby and her husband Sean and their four children live in a flat across from Grenfell Tower, and Sean (a Church of England minister) was the first clergy person on the scene. This book stems from personal experience...


Getting to Zero

by Sinéad Walsh & Oliver Johnson Zed Books (July 15, 2018)

  • A gripping, first-hand account of the harrowing decisions and uplifting encounters experienced by the authors in the midst of a humanitarian crisis.

  • Co-author Oliver Johnson received an OBE following his work...

Humanitarian Action and Ethics

by James Smith, Ayesha Ahmad & Hugo Slim Zed Books (June 15, 2018)

  • The most comprehensive and up-to-date work on humanitarian ethics currently available.
  • Brings together contributions from humanitarian and health professionals, philosophers and social/political scientists.
  • Many...


Food Aid in Sudan

by Susanne Jaspars Zed Books (May 15, 2018)

  • Totally unique in examining the evolution and effects of food aid practices in one country over a period of more than 50 years.

  • Rich in empirical material - based on extensive interviews with all those involved...

Critical Environmental Communication

by Murdoch Stephens Lexington Books (April 15, 2018)

How do contemporary critical thinkers find a way to work between the doubt that grounds their thinking and the knowing needed to ground emancipatory political struggles? In this overview of four contemporary...


Governing Disaster in Urban Environments

by Julia Nevárez Lexington Books (April 02, 2018)

Governing Disaster in Urban Environments: Climate Change Preparation and Adaption after Hurricane Sandy is a comprehensive account of relevant debates, conceptualizations, and practical considerations for the...


We Fed an Island

by Jose Andres Anthony Bourdain/Ecco (September 11, 2018)

FOREWORD BY LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA AND LUIS A. MIRANDA, JR.

The true story of how a group of chefs fed hundreds of thousands of hungry Americans after Hurricane Maria and touched the hearts of many more

Chef José...


1,000-Year Flood

by Stephen J. Lyons & Sheree Bykofsky Associates, Inc Globe Pequot Press (August 03, 2010)

The people that will be most affected by a “greater Cedar Rapids” were staying home, or were still coping in FEMA trailers where the water pipes routinely burst in the harsh Iowa winter, or were living with...


Contextualizing Disaster

by Gregory V. Button & Mark Schuller Berghahn Books (September 01, 2016)

Contextualizing Disaster offers a comparative analysis of six recent "highly visible" disasters and several slow-burning, "hidden," crises that include typhoons, tsunamis, earthquakes, chemical spills, and...


The Worst Man-Made Environmental Disasters - Science Book for Kids 9-12 | Children's Science & Nature Books

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (July 15, 2017)

Man sure is relentless in seeking higher learning and a more comfortable living. Unfortunately, some of these initiatives lead to The Worst Man-Made Environmental Disasters. Some of the results of these disasters...


Devastating Nuclear Accidents throughout History: Causes and Results - Science Book for Kids 9-12 | Children's Science & Nature Books

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (July 15, 2017)

Historical facts will give you either joy or sadness. In this case, you will experience deep sadness as you go over some of the Devastating Nuclear Accidents throughout History. You will be reading about what...


Famine Echoes – Folk Memories of the Great Irish Famine

by Cathal Poirteir Gill Books (September 01, 1995)

Famine Echoes is a groundbreaking oral account of the Great Irish Potato Famine of 1845–52, telling the stories of its victims for the first time ever in their own words and those of their descendants.

‘When...


Menopause – The Commonsense Approach

by Ruth Appleby Gill Books (April 01, 1998)

The menopause is a natural stage in every woman’s life. Now, thanks to Menopause – The CommonSense Approach, a practical and optimistic guide to the menopause experience, you can get through it with grace...


Ghosts of the Tsunami

Folio Prize 2018

by Richard Lloyd Parry Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 24, 2017)

Named one of the best books of 2017 by The Guardian, NPR, GQ, The Economist, Bookforum, Amazon, and Lit Hub

The definitive account of what happened, why, and above all how it felt, when catastrophe hit Japan—by...


To Bear Witness

by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D. Fordham University Press (June 21, 2013)

For more than fifty years, Dr. Cahill has been helping to heal the world, as a leading specialist in tropical medicine and as a driving force in humanitarian assistance and relief efforts around the globe. In...


Arcticness

by Ilan Kelman UCL Press (August 14, 2017)

Climate change and globalisation are opening up the Arctic for exploitation by the world – or so we are told. But what about the views, interests and needs of the peoples who live in the region? This volume...


Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time

by David Miliband Simon & Schuster/ TED (November 14, 2017)

We are in the midst of a global refugee crisis. Sixty five million people are fleeing for their lives. The choices are urgent, not just for them but for all of us. What can we possibly do to help?

With compassion...


Natural Hazards, Second Edition: Explanation and Integration

by Burrell E. Montz, Graham A. Tobin & Ronald R. Hagelman The Guilford Press (April 21, 2017)

What can we learn from the spatial patterns of disasters? What human and structural factors need to be addressed to explain hazard vulnerability? As populations grow and the climate warms, how can natural hazards...


Tropical Medicine: A Clinical Text, 8th Edition, Revised and Expanded

by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D. Fordham University Press (September 01, 2013)

The history of tropical medicine is as dramatic as the story of humankind. It has its own myths and legends, including tales of epidemics that destroyed whole civilizations. Today, with silent stealth, tropical...


Unstable Ground

by Alex Alvarez Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 21, 2017)

Unstable Ground looks at the human impact of climate change and its potential to provoke some of the most troubling crimes against humanity—ethnic conflict, war, and genocide. Alex Alvarez provides an essential...


Shaken Authority

by Christian P. Sorace Cornell University Press (May 09, 2017)

In Shaken Authority, Christian P. Sorace examines the political mechanisms at work in the aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and the broader ideological energies that drove them. Sorace takes Communist...