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By James M Kendra,Tricia Wachtendorf

When the terrorist assaults struck manhattan urban on September eleven, 2001, boat operators and waterfront staff fast learned they had the abilities, the gear, and the chance to take certain, quick motion in responding to the main major harmful occasion within the usa in a long time. for plenty of of them, they have been “doing what had to be done.”

American Dunkirk exhibits how humans, a lot of whom have been volunteers, mobilized rescue efforts in a number of improvised and spontaneous methods on that fateful date. catastrophe specialists James Kendra and Tricia Wachtendorf learn the efforts via fieldwork and interviews with a few of the contributors to appreciate the evacuation and its better implications for the total perform of catastrophe management.

The authors eventually discover how people—as participants, teams, and formal organizations—pull jointly to answer and get over startling, damaging occasions. American Dunkirk asks, What can those humans and classes educate us approximately not just surviving yet thriving within the face of calamity?

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