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Acts of God the Unnatural History of Natural Disasters in America

by Theodore Steinberg

  • ISBN: 9780195142631
  • ISBN10: 0195142632

Acts of God the Unnatural History of Natural Disasters in America

by Theodore Steinberg

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 09/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780195142631
  • ISBN10: 0195142632
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Description: Incredibly, the ten most costly catastrophes in U.S. history have all been natural disasters that have occurred since 1989, a period, ironically, that Congress has dubbed the Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. White some claim that nature is the problem, in fact, as environmental historian Ted Steinberg explains, much of the death and destruction has been welt within the realm of human control. Surveying more than a century of tosses from weather and seismic extremes, Steinberg exposes the fallacy of seeing such calamities as random events.

Acts of God explores the unnatural history of natural calamity, the decisions of business leaders and government officials that have paved the way for the greater tosses of life and property, especially among those least able to withstand such blows -- America's poor, elderly, and minorities. Seeing nature or God as the primary culprit, Steinberg argues, has helped to paper over the fact that, in truth, some Americans are better protected from the violence of nature than their counterparts tower down the socioeconomic ladder.

Beginning with the 1886 Charleston and 1906 San Francisco earthquakes, and continuing to the present, Steinberg spotlights the defective approach to natural hazards taken by real estate interests, the media, and policymakers. By understating the extent of storm damage in news reports and offering quick repairs and cosmetic solutions to damaged property, fundamental flaws in the status quo go unremedied, class divisions are maintained, and unsafe practices continue unquestioned, and often at taxpayer expense!

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