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A New Species of Trouble: The Human Experience of Modern Disasters (Paperback)
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In the twentieth century, disasters caused by human beings have become more and more common.
Unlike earthquakes and other natural catastrophes, this "new species of trouble" afflicts persons and groups in particularly disruptive ways.
With clear-eyed compassion, in vivid narrative and in participants' own words, Kai Erikson describes how certain communities have faced such disasters. He shows conclusively that new attention must be paid to their experiences if people are to maintain elementary confidence not only in themselves but in society, government, and even life itself.
Incredibly powerful. . . . A little gem of a book, absolutely gripping in its narratives.
— Jonathan Kozol
The very best kind of social writing—a strong, morally awake, clear-headed effort to understand what has happened, again and again, in our twentieth-century American life—a narration of tragedies of our own making.
— Robert Coles
Vividly illustrates how administrative power and market forces, when they come loose from any communicative relation with the people they affect, can have devastating consequences, destroying the trust without which people cannot live resilient lives.
— Robert N. Bellah, Yale University