The Politics of Catastrophe
Discover the true nature of disasters with this insightful and urgent book. Renowned author Niall Ferguson explains why we are failing to handle catastrophes, using historical events and modern-day crises as examples. With a focus on pandemics, earthquakes, wildfires, financial crises, and wars, Doom offers not only a history but a theory of disasters. Drawing from economics, cliodynamics, and network science, Ferguson highlights why our bureaucratic and complex systems are getting worse at handling these events. Urgently needed, Doom is a lesson in history to help us avoid irreversible decline.
2021-05-11T10:02:09.000Zand why. Like Josh Rogin's "Chaos Under Heaven," "Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe" is a significant book, one which will be read for years if not decades, and you should read it now: (I also purchased the audible edition which is quite good.) – source
2022-07-15T01:05:39.000ZThis is not just a terrific read, it’s also a *really* important book. Doom offers profound historical insight into the history of disasters and how to respond more thoughtfully to the inevitable. – source
2021-04-25T21:34:39.000ZThis is an excellent book, highly recommended—thoughtfully linking everything from earthquakes to pandemics to wars to dystopian sci-fi. You’ll hear me discussing it with @nfergus soon on the Lawfare Podcast. – source