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by Lee Clarke


In this book I look at the Worst full in the face. Lee Clark talks about critical infrastructure, how it relates to the social fabric of society and once a disaster strikes, critical infrastructure changes, hence, grave diggers, may be very important in the recovery phase.

In this book I look at the Worst full in the face. What I see is frightening, but also enlightening. I hold, tenuously, to the idea that knowing a thing permits comfort with that thing. This book is a must in every emergency planners professional library.

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The reign of terror included kidnapping, torture, rape, and murder, and led to the death or disappearance of some 9000 persons suspected or accused of being subversive.

The purpose of Worst Cases according to Clarke is his argument that throughout this book is that we ought to be thinking about worst cases in more prosaic venues than we usually do. I feel as though the author got his main point across to the audience not only by explaining disasters, their repercussions, and how society deals with these events. He explains how we as a society have been able to prepare for disaster events by looking to the past to see what needs to be done to lessen the degree of potential devastation Continue Reading.

In this book, Lee Clarke surveys the full range of possible catastrophes that animate and dominate the popular . A timely and necessary look into how we think about the unthinkable, Worst Cases will be must reading for anyone attuned to our current climate of threat and fear.

In this book, Lee Clarke surveys the full range of possible catastrophes that animate and dominate the popular imagination, from toxic spills and terrorism to plane crashes and pandemics.

Al Qaeda detonates a nuclear weapon in Times Square during rush hour, wiping out half of Manhattan and killing 500,000 people. A virulent strain of bird flu jumps to humans in Thailand, sweeps across Asia, and claims more than fifty million lives. A single freight car of chlorine derails on the outskirts of Los Angeles, spilling its contents and killing seven million.

Worst cases: Terror and catastrophe in the popular imagination. University of Chicago Press, 2006. The sociology of Katrina: Perspectives on a modern catastrophe. CL Bankston III, J Barnshaw, C Bevc, GE Capowich, L Clarke, SK Das,. Acceptable risk?: Making decisions in a toxic environment. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010. Panic: Myth or reality? L Clarke.

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Al Qaeda detonates a nuclear weapon in Times Square during rush hour, wiping out half of Manhattan and killing 500,000 people. A virulent strain of bird flu jumps to humans in Thailand, sweeps across Asia, and claims more than fifty million lives. A single freight car of chlorine derails on the outskirts of Los Angeles, spilling its contents and killing seven million. An asteroid ten kilometers wide slams into the Atlantic Ocean, unleashing a tsunami that renders life on the planet as we know it extinct.We consider the few who live in fear of such scenarios to be alarmist or even paranoid. But Worst Cases shows that such individuals—like Cassandra foreseeing the fall of Troy—are more reasonable and prescient than you might think. In this book, Lee Clarke surveys the full range of possible catastrophes that animate and dominate the popular imagination, from toxic spills and terrorism to plane crashes and pandemics. Along the way, he explores how the ubiquity of worst cases in everyday life has rendered them ordinary and mundane: very real threats like a killer flu or an American Hiroshima have become so common that they have lost their ability to shock us. Fear and dread, Clarke argues, have actually become too rare: only when the public has more substantial information and more credible warnings will it take worst cases as seriously as it should.A timely and necessary look into how we think about the unthinkable, Worst Cases will be must reading for anyone attuned to our current climate of threat and fear.
Mr.Savik
Traditional risk managers have used probabilistic methods when determining which potential disasters to prepare for.

Professor Clarke points out many of those assessing the probabilities have vested interests that 'shrink the ruler' when measuring the likelihood of a particular disaster occurring. They tend to discount the 'irrational' attitudes of the public who often evaluate risks according to 'possiblistic thinking. The Cassandra's are often being proved right these days.

Professor Clarke also points out the value of thinking about the worst cases in a sensible way to improve disaster planning.

Finally his argument for empowering "first responders" during 'worst cases' is compelling. By first responders he means the person next to you in a building on fire, in your business, the teacher in your school, etc. The Police, Fire, Ambulance, Military are"official responders" and they are simply not there in the beginning.

Don't treat the public like mushrooms. Tell them the truth. They will not panic. Given information that the people trust the majority of people will respond rationally in a crisis.

A lot of the views that Clarke put forth are shared by the following Authors:

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Cia
Great book for emergency planners. A professor who teaches disaster management once said, "think big, really big". He is right. This book explores the realm of low-probability, high consequence events and realistic planning for them or the futility of planning. Lee Clark talks about critical infrastructure, how it relates to the social fabric of society and once a disaster strikes, critical infrastructure changes, hence, grave diggers, may be very important in the recovery phase. This book is a must in every emergency planners professional library.
Unnis
After seeing firsthand the public responses to the 9/11 attacks in NYC and the March 11, 2011 earthquake and ensuing Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear nightmare in Tokyo, I think that any person with organizational decision-making responsibility, whether technical or managerial, will benefit greatly from reading Professor Clarke's book carefully. Low-probability, high consequence "black swan" events are an unavoidable reality for all of us - and Professor Clarke makes some great practical recommendations for dealing with these events: (1) "preemptive resilience", eschewing the centralization of disaster resources in large bureaucracies/expert networks and facilitating the role of regular people/workers in disaster planning and response, (2) disciplined counter-factual thinking by policymakers, experts, and in general anyone with decision-making responsibility, and (3) having a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, the limits of ourselves and those around us to prognosticate and control future outcomes. "Worst Cases" is definitely a five-star book.
Contancia
This book peaked my interest when I was just having a preview. I bought the book and I am very glad I did. It gives you a look at known worst cases and explains the why and how they were dealt with, as they were. It also gives (me anyway!) some facts that I did not know. All in all, a very good read.
SadLendy
I thought this was going to delve into what the world might look like after certain 'Worst Case' scenarios happen, but no. It mostly jumps around looking at things that have happened in the world in the recent and distant past and we should pay attention to it for the future.
Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination ebook
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Lee Clarke
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