By James M Kendra,Tricia Wachtendorf

When the terrorist assaults struck manhattan urban on September eleven, 2001, boat operators and waterfront staff fast discovered they'd the abilities, the gear, and the chance to take convinced, fast motion in responding to the main major damaging occasion within the usa in many years. for lots of of them, they have been “doing what had to be done.”

American Dunkirk exhibits how humans, lots of whom have been volunteers, mobilized rescue efforts in a variety of improvised and spontaneous methods on that fateful date. catastrophe specialists James Kendra and Tricia Wachtendorf study the efforts via fieldwork and interviews with some of the members to appreciate the evacuation and its greater implications for the whole perform of catastrophe management.

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

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