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1 ABLEY, MARK (TEXT); ROBINSON, JENNIFER (EDITOR). The Ice Storm: An Historic Record In Photographs Of January 1998.
McClelland & Stewart, Toronto: 1998. 0771061005 / 9780771061004 First Edition (Unstated). h Hardcover, no dustjacket (as issued). Very good condition. 
In January 1998, five days of freezing rain, up to 100 millimeters, fell in some parts of eastern Canada and the northeastern United States. About 2 million homes - more than 5 million people - were plunged into darkness for up to a month in the dead of winter. It was, indisputably, the storm of the century. This book is the definitive story of the ice storm, captured in pictures by Canada's best news photographers. 
Price: 56.43 USD
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2 ANCELET, BARRY JEAN; GAUDET, MARCIA & LINDAHL, CARL. Second Line Rescue: Improvised Responses To Katrina And Rita.
University Press of Mississippi, Jackson. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
How beleaguered citizens created their own salvation when their institutions failed Contributions from Franćois Ancelet, Josef Brown, Charles A. Darensbourg, Mike Davis, Jocelyn H. Donlon, Jon G. Donlon, Nicole Eugene, Anthony Fontenot, Ernest J. Gaines, Glenda Harris, Sidney Harris, Chantell Jones, Robert LeBlanc, Glen Miguez, Shari L. Smothers, Dave Spizale, Angela Trahan, and Vincent Trotter Second Line Rescue: Improvised Responses to Katrina and Rita chronicles the brave and creative acts through which Gulf Coast people rescued their neighbors during the chaotic aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Ordinary citizens joined in with whatever resources they had. Unlike many of the official responders, vernacular rescuers found ways around the paralysis. They were able to dispel unfounded fears produced by erroneous or questionable reporting. The essays, personal narratives, media reports, and field studies presented here all have to do with effective and often ingenious answers that emerged from the people themselves. The first part of the collection deals with Gulf Coast rescuers from outside stricken communities: those who, safe in their own homes and neighborhoods, marshaled their resources to help their fellow citizens. The second part features the words of hurricane survivors displaced from New Orleans and other Gulf Coast communities to Houston, Texas. In many cases, the "victims" themselves were the first responders, rescuing family, friends, and strangers. All of the stories, whether from the "outside" or "inside" responders, reveal a shared history of close-knit community bonds, survival skills sharpened by hard times, and what went right in the aftermath of Katrina and Rita--in spite of all that went so wrong. Barry Jean Ancelet, Scott, Louisiana, holds the Willis Granger and Tom Debaillon/BORSF Professorship in Francophone Studies and is a Research Fellow at the Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is the author of numerous books including Cajun and Creole Music Makers and Cajun Country (University Press of Mississippi). Marcia Gaudet, Duson, Louisiana, is professor emerita in English at University of Louisiana at Lafayette and author of Carville: Remembering Leprosy in America (University Press of Mississippi). Carl Lindahl, Houston, Texas, is a professor of English and folklore at the University of Houston and author of Cajun Mardi Gras Masks and Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana (University Press of Mississippi). 
Price: 33.25 USD
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3 ASIMOV, ISAAC. A Choice Of Catastrophes: The Disasters That Threaten Our World.
Simon and Schuster, Inc., New York: 1979. 0671227017 / 9780671227012 h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 

Price: 10.93 USD
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4 AVENI, ANTHONY. The End Of Time: The Maya Mystery Of 2012.
University of Colorado Press, Boulder: 2009. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
December 21, 2012. The Internet, bookshelves, and movie theaters are full of prophecies, theories, and predictions that this date marks the end of the world, or at least the end of the world as we know it. Whether the end will result from the magnetic realignment of the north and south poles, bringing floods, earthquakes, death, and destruction; or from the return of alien caretakers to enlighten or enslave us; or from a global awakening, a sudden evolution of Homo sapiens into non-corporeal beings - theories of great, impending changes abound. In The End of Time, award-winning astronomer and Maya researcher Anthony Aveni explores these theories, explains their origins, and measures them objectively against evidence unearthed by Maya archaeologists, iconographers, and epigraphers. He probes the latest information astronomers and earth scientists have gathered on the likelihood of Armageddon and the oft-proposed link between the Maya Long Count cycle and the precession of the equinoxes. He then expands on these prophecies to include the broader context of how other cultures, ancient and modern, thought about the "end of things" and speculates on why cataclysmic events in human history have such a strong appeal within American pop culture. Anthony Aveni is the Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy, Anthropolgy, and Native Amerifan Studies at Colgate University. He has researched and written about Maya Astronomy for more than four decades. He was named a U.S. National Professor of the year and has been awarded the H.B. Nicholson Medal for Excellence in Research in Mesoamerican Studies by Harvard's Peabody Museum. " A concise and authoritative overview, providint a valuable introduction for non-exoerts. . . . The writing style is engaging and clear, and the author never talks down to the reader. Summing up: Highly recommended." - Choice Magazine "Anthony Aveni delivers the goods on 2012. This isn't really a book about the Maya. It's about us. Read it now while there's still time." - Dr. E. C. Krupp, Director, Griffith Observatory "This marvelously informative book should dispel all fears of worldly disasters or transformations that December 21, 2012 might bring." - Grant D. Jones, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Davidson College "Today's foremost archaeoastronomer explains what 2012 meant to the Maya and, more importantly, what it has come to mean for us. . . . a must for anyone interested in the year 2012." - Elizabeth Hill Boone, Martha and Donald Robertson Chair in Latin American Art, Tulane University "This is a valuable little book to be enjoyed by specialist and non-specialist. While it does not refute each and every argument, it does provide the reader with a good general introduction to the controversy and a better understanding of just what all the furor is about." - John F. Schwaller, SUNY - Potsdam "Anthony Aveni is a passionate scholar and a vivid, engaging writer. . . .He is a polymath, too, with an astounding range of interests and knowledge. Like Jared Diamond, Aveni is a brilliant synthesizer, and a delightful one." - Oliver Sacks 
Price: 18.95 USD
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5 AVILES, LOURDES B. Taken By Storm, 1938: A Social And Meterological History Of The Great New England Hurricane.
American Meterological Society: 2012. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
On September 21, 1938 one of the most powerful storms of the twentieth century came unannounced into the lives of New Yorkers and New Englanders, leaving utter devastation in its wake. The Great Hurricane, as it came to be known, changed everything, from the landscape and its inhabitants' lives, to Weather Bureau practices, to the measure and kind of relief New Englanders would receive during the Great Depression and the resulting pace of regional economic recovery. The storm formed near the Cape Verde Islands on September 10 but was not spotted until several days later, and was predicted by the understaffed Weather Bureau to head toward Florida. Junior forecaster Charlie Pierce correctly projected the northerly storm track, but senior meteorologists ignored his forecast, a mistake that cost many lives—including those of immigrants who had arrived to the Northeast in waves in the preceding decades. To be published on the storm's 75th anniversary, this compelling history successfully weaves science, historical accounts, and social analyses to create a comprehensive picture of the most powerful and devastating hurricane to hit New England to date. Contents Foreword Preface Prologue Part I: Overview 1 The Great Hurricane of 1938 2 The Tools of the Trade Part II: Life Cycle 3 Birth of the Storm 4 Florida's Sigh of Relief 5 "It Doesn't Happen in New England" 6 Sudden Devastation 7 Interior New England Impacts Part III: Aftermath 8 What Was Left Behind 9 Past, Present, and Future Epilogue Appendix: Report from the Weather Bureau to the Secretary of Agriculture, October 3, 1938 Notes References Index. 
Price: 38.00 USD
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6 BELL, ART; STRIEBER, WHITLEY. The Coming Global Superstorm.
Pocket Books, New York: 2000. 0671041908 / 9780671041908 Reprint Edition. s Softcover. Good condition. 
Our future is clear - unless we take action now! Explains what will happen when a potent succession of cold fronts sweep across the world. Ever increasing in intensity and duration, damaging storms will batter the West Coast and cause flooding, mudslides and tornadoes across the country. Includes an Index. 
Price: 8.98 USD
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7 BORGENICHT, DAVID; PIVEN, JOSHUA & WINTERS, BEN H. The Ultimate Worst-case Scenario Survival Handbook.
Chronicle Books, San Francisco: 2012. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
With over 9 million copies sold worldwide, the Worst-Case Scenario series has been preparing readers for dangers of all kinds for more than a decade. This handsome large-format hardcover compendium is truly the ultimate guide for handling life's inevitable Worst-Case Scenarios, collecting—for the first time—hundreds of the best and most crucial scenarios from across the entire 26-book series, along with dozens of all new and expanded scenarios, charts, and expert tips. Topical, tabloid-style pages explore more than 100 subjects, from storms to stampedes to technology failures and beyond, with special sections highlighting critical information on starting fires, animal encounters, emergency signals, "Can I eat that?" questions, and more. Packed with expert advice and sturdy enough to stop a tiger bite, this gifty tome will keep longtime fans and new initiates safe and entertained in equal measure. 8 x10 inches; 272 pages, 2-color images throughout, paper over board, rounded corners.d Joshua Piven, authors of the Worst- Case Scenario Survival Handbook series, live life on the edge in the wilds of Philadelphia. Ben H. Winters, co-author of numerous titles in the series, lives in Brooklyn, New York. 
Price: 26.13 USD
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8 BRONSON, WILLIAM. The Earth Shook, The Sky Burned.
Pocket Books, New York: 1971. 0671785257 / 9780671785253 s Softcover. Reading copy. 
THE DRAMATIC STORY OF SAN FRANCISCO'S GREAT EARTHQUAKE AND FIRE: APRIL 18, 1906. Includes OVER 275 RARE PHOTOGRAPHS. 
Price: 10.93 USD
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9 BRYANT, E. A. Natural Hazards.
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 1991. 0521378893 / 9780521378895 First Edition (Unstated). s Softcover. Good condition. 
Presents a comprehensive, inter-disciplinary analysis of the complete range of natural hazards. Edward Bryant describes and explains how hazards occur, examines prediction methods, considers recent and historical hazard events and explores the social impact of such disasters. Supported by over 180 maps, diagrams and photographs, this standard text is an invaluable guide for students and professionals in the field. 
Price: 23.75 USD
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10 BUFF, SHEILA. Fire Engines In North America.
The Wellfleet Press, Secaucus: 1991. 1555216749 / 9781555216740 Reprint Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
A comprehensive look at firefighting on the continent, from the leather fire buckets of colonial times to the latest quick-attack pumpers and aerial rigs of today. The clear, well-written text of Fire Engines of NOrth America is complemented by 450 spectacular photographs (with detailed cap-tions) of apparatus from every era. Includes an Index. 
Price: 37.67 USD
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11 GARB, SOLOMON; ENG, EVELYN. Disaster Handbook.
Springer Publishing Company Inc., New York: 1969. Second Edition. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 

Price: 11.16 USD
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12 GOODMAN, JEFFREY. We Are The Earthquake Generation: Where And When The Catastrophes Will Strike.
Seaview Books,New York: 1978. 0872235033 / 9780872235038 First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
Taking the psychics[that he has asked] predictions with a scientist's skepticism, Goodman has used geological tectonic maps and come up with a frightening forecast about our future. Includes an Index. 
Price: 46.31 USD
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13 HOEHLING, A. A. They Sailed Into Oblivion.
Thomas Yoseloff, New York: 1962. Second Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. Dustjacket is worn and torn. 

Price: 7.60 USD
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14 HOYT, WILLIAM G. & LANGBEIN, WALTER B. Floods.
Princeton University Press, Princeton: 1955. First Edition (Unstated). h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. Signed (first name only) by one of the two authors. 
Present some facts and fundamentals for the increasing number who are directly concerned with flood problems. Covers such topics as why we have flood problems, man's adaptation to floods, and protection through the control of water. Includes an Index. 
Price: 25.60 USD
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15 HUGHES, MICHAEL & BOSWORTH, KATHERINE. Titanic Calling: Wireless Communications During The Great Disaster.
Bodleian Library, Oxford with Bernard Quaritch Ltd.: 2012. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Published in commemoration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Titanic's sinking, this book tells the story of that fateful night from an unusual angle: through the many wireless communications sent to and from the land stations and the ships involved as the tragic events unfolded. Drawing on the extensive record of wireless transmissions in the Marconi Archives, Titanic Calling recounts this legendary story the way it was first heard, beginning with repeated warnings—just hours before the collision—of several large icebergs unusually far south and alarmingly close to the Titanic's course. The story follows senior operator Jack Phillips as he sends distress messages to nearby ships and shows how these urgent calls for help were received and rapidly relayed across the Atlantic in a desperate attempt to save the lives of the Titanic's passengers and crew. Finally, the distant SS Virginian receives the Titanic's final, broken message. The story concludes with the rescue of the fortunate survivors, who radio messages to loved ones from aboard the RMS Carpathia while safely on their way to New York. Illustrated throughout with photographs of the messages and including full transcripts of original material, the book also features an introduction to the development of maritime wireless communications and a discussion of the Marconi Archives's Titanic collection. The forced brevity of the messages lends the narrative a startling sense of immediacy and brings to life to the voices of the individuals involved. 
Price: 23.75 USD
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16 JORDAN, WILLIAM CHESTER. The Great Famine: Northern Europe In The Early Fourteenth Century.
Princeton University Press, Princeton: 1997. s Softcover. Very good condition. 
The horrors of the Great Famine (1315-1322), one of the severest catastrophes ever to strike northern Europe, lived on for centuries in the minds of Europeans who recalled tales of widespread hunger, class warfare, epidemic disease, frighteningly high mortality, and unspeakable crimes. Until now, no one has offered a perspective of what daily life was actually like throughout the entire region devastated by this crisis, nor has anyone probed far into its causes. Here, the distinguished historian William Jordan provides the first comprehensive inquiry into the Famine from Ireland to western Poland, from Scandinavia to central France and western Germany. He produces a rich cultural history of medieval community life, drawing his evidence from such sources as meteorological and agricultural records, accounts kept by monasteries providing for the needy, and documentation of military campaigns. Whereas there has been a tendency to describe the food shortages as a result of simply bad weather or else poor economic planning, Jordan sets the stage so that we see the complex interplay of social and environmental factors that caused this particular disaster and allowed it to continue for so long. Jordan begins with a description of medieval northern Europe at its demographic peak around 1300, by which time the region had achieved a sophisticated level of economic integration. He then looks at problems that, when combined with years of inundating rains and brutal winters, gnawed away at economic stability. From animal diseases and harvest failures to volatile prices, class antagonism, and distribution breakdowns brought on by constant war, northern Europeans felt helplessly besieged by acts of an angry God--although a cessation of war and a more equitable distribution of resources might have lessened the severity of the food shortages. Throughout Jordan interweaves vivid historical detail with a sharp analysis of why certain responses to the famine failed. He ultimately shows that while the northern European economy did recover quickly, the Great Famine ushered in a period of social instability that had serious repercussions for generations to come. "In this important new synthesis of the causes, course, and consequences of the Great Famine, Jordan offers a corrective to the view that after its initial crippling effects, famine continued to afflict Europe until the ultimate devastation of the Black Death. . . . A richly detailed cultural history that considers significant regional variations and stresses the event's human dimension, including its manifold and different effects in rural and urban contexts and on people of differing age, status, and power. . . . This will become the standard work on the subject." - Choice "Ever since the publication of Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror, many readers have had a sneaking suspicion that the 14th century is uncannily similar to our own. Anyone who takes up this book in hopes of finding a new Tuchman will find something better, though: a work of great depth written in a scholarly though engaging way. . . . [T]he impressive scholarship . . . deserves to be appreciated for its own merits. Among the many virtues of this readable work are the corrections of many common misperceptions of the Middle Ages and a bibliography that is extensive and impressive. . . . " - Publishers Weekly "A richly detailed cultural history. . . . This will become the standard work on the subject." - Choice "Anyone who takes up this book in hopes of finding a new Tuchman will find something better, though: a work of great depth written in a scholarly though engaging way." - Publishers Weekly "Pestilence and War have had their historians. Famine now has its own with this brilliantly written masterpiece of historical anthropology." - Jacques Le Goff 
Price: 28.22 USD
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17 JUNGER, SEBASTIAN. The Perfect Storm: A True Story Of Men Against The Sea.
HarperCollins, New York: 1997. 006101351X / 9780061013515 First Harper/Torch Paperback Edition, 34th Printing. s Softcover. Good condition. 
October 1991. It was "the perfect storm" - a tempest that may happen only once in a century - a nor-easter created by so rare a combination of factors that it could not possibly have been worse. Few, except the six-man crew of the Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing boat tragically headed towards its hellish center. 
Price: 1.00 USD
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18 JUNGER, SEBASTIAN. The Perfect Storm: A True Story Of Men Against The Sea.
HarperCollins, New York: 1997. 0060977477 / 9780060977474 First Harper/Torch Paperback Edition, 34th Printing. s Softcover. Good condition. 
October 1991. It was "the perfect storm" - a tempest that may happen only once in a century - a nor-easter created by so rare a combination of factors that it could not possibly have been worse. Few, except the six-man crew of the Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing boat tragically headed towards its hellish center. 
Price: 1.90 USD
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19 LINENTHAL, EDWARD T. The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City In American History.
Oxford University Press, New York: 2001. 0195136721 / 9780195136722 First Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
On April 19, 1995, the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City shook the nation, destroying our complacent sense of safety and sending a city into a tailspin of shock, grief, and bewilderment. How can a community recover from such a tragedy? How do we, as a nation, come to terms with the fact that our society can spawn a seemingly inexplicable act of violence? Writing with empathy, passion, and critical insight, Edward T. Lilenthal explores the ways Oklahomans, and American culture at large, have tried to make sense of this horrific event. Includes an Index. 
Price: 9.50 USD
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20 LORD, WALTER. A Night To Remember.
Bantam Pathfinder Editions, New York: February 1963. s Softcover. Good condition. 
This is the story of the "unsinkable" TITANIC. She was four city blocks long, with the latest, most ingenious safety devices; a French "side-walk cafe," private promenade decks - but only twenty lifeboats for the 2207 passengers on board. "One of the most exciting books of this or any year," -- The New York Times 
Price: 1.00 USD
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