xviii, 238 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-228) and index.
Acts of God -- The pandemic threat -- Food and water crisis -- Weather : a growing federal role -- Economic collapse -- How to prepare for acts of God -- Acts of man -- Terror attacks -- The bioterror threat -- Loss of the power grid -- Civil unrest -- How to prepare for acts of man -- Conclusion -- Appendix One: Presidential lessons learned -- Appendix Two: When presidents should get involved -- Appendix Three: Five best and five worst presidents at dealing with disaster -- Appendix Four: Individual lessons learned.
Whatever their ideology, presidents need to be prepared to deal with unexpected crises. Since 2001, numerous unpredictable crises, including terror attacks, massive storms, and an economic collapse, have shaken Americans to their core. Technology also provides mankind with increasingly powerful ways to wreak destruction President Obama and his team were taken aback by the sheer number of crises that a president needed to deal with, many of which do not quite reach disaster status. Troy looks at the evolving role of the president in dealing with disasters, and looks at how our presidents have handled disasters throughout our history.