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Catastrophe in the Making

The Engineering of Katrina and the Disaters of Tomorrow
Sprecher: Clinton Wade
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On August 29th, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the major city of New Orleans, killing over 1,400 of its residents and causing billions of dollars in damage. Was this an unfortunate "act of God"? Or were humans to blame for this colossal tragedy?

The bold and often contentious audiobook Catastrophe in the Making: The Engineering of Katrina and the Disasters of Tomorrow, narrated with booming and ominous urgency by Clinton Wade, argues that it was human greed and cost-cutting bad business decisions that truly created the tragedy in New Orleans. And even more alarming, these same shortcuts are happening in other states today. Does another disaster of global consequence loom?

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When houses are flattened, towns submerged, and people stranded without electricity or even food, we attribute the suffering to "natural disasters" or "acts of God." But what if they're neither? What if we, as a society, are bringing these catastrophes on ourselves? That's the provocative theory of Catastrophe in the Making, the first audiobook to recognize Hurricane Katrina not as a "perfect storm," but a tragedy of our own making - and one that could become commonplace.

The authors, one a longtime New Orleans resident, argue that breached levees and sloppy emergency response are just the most obvious examples of government failure. The true problem is more deeply rooted and insidious, and stretches far beyond the Gulf Coast. Based on the false promise of widespread prosperity, communities across the U.S. have embraced all brands of "economic development" at all costs. In Louisiana, that meant development interests turning wetlands into shipping lanes. By replacing a natural buffer against storm surges with a 75-mile long, obsolete canal that cost hundreds of millions of dollars, they guided the hurricane into the heart of New Orleans and adjacent communities. The authors reveal why, despite their geographic differences, California and Missouri are building - quite literally - toward similar destruction.

Too often, the U.S. "growth machine" generates wealth for a few and misery for many. Drawing lessons from the most expensive "natural" disaster in American history, Catastrophe in the Making tells why thoughtless development comes at a price we can ill afford.

©2009 William R. Freudenburg, Robert B. Gramling, Shirley B. Laska, and Kai T. Erikson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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DEUTSCH:
Das Buch ist sachlich und aufschlussreich, mit etwas witz verfasst. Prinzipien der politischen Oekologie, die im nicht-akademischen diskurs oft nicht zugänglich sind, sind anhand eines spezifischen beispiels erklaert und geben dem hoerer alternative perspektiven, durch eine historische herangehensweise. Dabei ist der Hauptfokus allerdings auf dem faktor Umweltbeeintraechtigung, mit implizitem hinweis auf wachstums ideologien, etc. Dem konzept, nämlich dass ein disaster in erster linie das resultat von sozio-politico-oekonmischen faktoren ist (anstelle von 'natuerlichen' fakotoren), ist damit nicht in seiner gesamten Umfang gerecht geworden. Trotzdem Daumen hoch - Ein super informatives buch fuer jeden, der bereit ist die moderne welt mit kritischen augen zu sehen!

Der vertonung ist leider nicht super, und es ist teilweise schwer dem sprecher zu folgen, nuancen (witze zum beispiel) werden oft nicht ueberzeugend/bemerkbar umgesetzt.


ENGLISH:
The book is written in a sober and infomative manner, with some wit here and there. Concepts of 'political ecology' are rarely accesible in non-academic discourse. This book, however, provides the listener with alternative perspectives, approached from a politico-historical approach. Hereby, the main focus is on man-made environmental degradation, implicitly pointing to more deep-rooted growth ideologies, etc. This does justice only partially to the entire scope of the concept that disasters are first and foremost socio-politico-economically determined, ratehr than 'natural' events. nevertheless, big thumbs up - very informative book which is for everybody, who is willing to think critically about the modern world!

The reading out, did not meet my expectiations, unfortunately. It is sometimes hard to follow the speaker and the structure of the sentences. some written nuances (such as the witty commments) are not brought across too well.