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From the Publisher"Perilous Place, Powerful Storms is timely indeed. The back story of hurricane protection is necessary reading for anyone who wants to make sense of disaster planning for such frightening events."
—Martin V. Melosi, author of The Sanitary City: Environmental Services in Urban America from Colonial Times to the Present
"We all gamble with nature, Louisianans more so than most. Colten shows that the danger to New Orleans is beyond the 'dam-it, ditch-it' traditions that protect its wetlands from floods. Blaming government or engineering is way too simple. The culprit, Colten explains, is the physical geography of mudscape in motion where risk-takers gambled and lost."
—Todd Shallat, author of Structures in the Stream: Water, Science, and the Rise of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers