WHAT WENT WRONG is one of those 'no-brainer' classic match-ups of author and subject. For decades, POPULAR MECHANICS magazine has explored the world of science and technology, reporting on present and future developments to its loyal readership. WHAT WENT WRONG utilizes the PM staff to delve into and explain the worst disasters that have occurred in the past century. The combination makes for fascinating reading.
This 2011 Hearst Communications release divides disasters into two sections: 'Nature's Fury' and 'Man's Error.' The first section includes summaries of famous earthquakes, fires, avalanches, ice storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and floods. The last section covers industrial and transportation accidents, airplane crashes, space vehicle disasters and shipwrecks.
Comprehensive and insightful summaries are given on famous disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the Andrea Doria-Stockholm collison, Mount St. Helens, the I-35W Bridge collapse, Chernobyl, the loss of the Columbia shuttle and Hurricane Katrina along with lesser-known catastrophes. The sections that explain why that particular disaster happened and how they can be avoided in the future are especially interesting. Each article is complimented by b&w and/or color photographs, maps and diagrams.
Anyone interested in disasters or how the human race is faring on good old Mother Earth will enjoy WHAT WENT WRONG. The book is well-researched, nicely-illustrated and eminently readable. Recommended.
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