***** At War With the Weather: Managing Large-Scale Risk in a New Era of Catastrophes. By Howard C. Kunreuther and Erwann O. Michel-Kerjan; published by The MIT Press, mitpress.mit.edu (Web); 448 pages; $55.
Debate has intensified in recent years about the natural disasters occurring around the globe. Many argue that the scope, frequency, and severity of disasters are increasing. Others maintain that they only appear so based on ubiquitous 24/7 media coverage. There is no debate, however, that recent catastrophes have resulted in loss of life, public confidence, and property, with huge financial and political implications.
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