Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America by Ted Steinberg
Oxford University Press | October 12, 2000 | English | ISBN: 0195142632 | 320 pages | PDF | 2 MB
Incredibly, the ten most costly catastrophes in U.S. history have all been natural disasters–seven of them hurricanes–and all have occurred since 1989, a period, ironically, that Congress has dubbed the Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. Why this tremendous plague on our houses? While some claim that nature is the problem, in fact, as environmental historian Ted Steinberg explains, historically speaking, much of the death and destruction has been well within the realm of human control. Surveying more than a century of losses from weather and seismic extremes, Steinberg exposes the fallacy of seeing such calamities as simply random events.