The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes — And WhyÂ by Amanda Ripley goes on sale today.
I have had a chance to read the book,Â and I canÂ recommend it wholeheartedly not onlyÂ to any readers of this blog — who tend think about disastersÂ more than most folks — but also to anyone whoÂ ever thinksÂ about whatÂ they would do if faced with an emergency situation. Or, for that matter, anyone who likes well-reported, compelling non-fiction about some of the most dramatic eventsÂ inÂ recent history.
RipleyÂ isÂ a reporter with Time magazine who has covered the ‘disaster beat’ withÂ singular distinction (She wonÂ Â two National Magazine Awards as part of Time’s coverage of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.)Â What I really appreciate about her work is that while much of the media focuses on disasters (often also very well) during the event, Ripley continues to report on the subjectÂ comprehensively and smartly long afterwards.Â As a result, her workÂ not only tells us whatÂ has happened, but whatÂ we allÂ can learn from it and how to do better the next time.Â This book is reflective of and a testament to that approach.
An excerpt of The Unthinkable wasÂ last week’s TimeÂ cover story.Â Â ItÂ will give you a sense of how engaging, inspiring, provocative and helpful the rest of theÂ book is.
I will be interviewing Amanda in Washington tomorrow andÂ will be discussing the book further in subsequent posts. In particular interest to this blog, The Unthinkable is filled with information and insightsÂ for improvingÂ citizenÂ preparednessÂ –Â both for readersÂ themselves and theÂ nation as a whole.
If you want to find out more about the bookÂ or purchase it, you can go to Ripley’sÂ websiteÂ www.theunthinkable.com.