Earthquake Engineering Handbook, Wai-Fah Chen and Charles Scawthorn, editors. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, September 2002. A comprehensive resource that covers topics relevant to designing for and mitigating earthquakes. The emphasis is on professional applications, with discussions ranging from basic dynamics and geoscience to new technologies intended to avoid rather than resist the forces of earthquakes. $185.95 or £129.00; 1,376 pages; ISBN 0-8493-0068-1.

Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America, by Ted Steinberg. Oxford University Press, October 2000. This book spotlights the defective approach to natural hazards taken by real estate interests, the media,...

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