5 books on understanding/preparing for natural and manmade disasters

The mix of natural and man-made disasters unfolding in Japan is almost incomprehensible. But it’s just at such moments that we most want to understand what can happen in our world. This history is still in the making, but my regular reading list is taking a break while I search out material on disasters past and future. What are you reading in the wake of the tragic events of the past few days? Here are a few potential places to start:

1. Krakatoa: The Day The World Exploded

Krakatoa: The Day The World Exploded by geologist-turned-journalist Simon Winchester is a nonfiction account of the 1883 explosion of the volcanic island Krakatoa, which triggered an epic tsunami. Publishers Weekly called the book “an erudite, fascinating account by one of the foremost purveyors of contemporary nonfiction.”

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