Sunday, September 09, 2007

Not Just a One-Hit Wonder!

Here's some great news on the professional front...the second edition of my book has hit the stands! My co-author (Bill Gormley from Georgetown) and I worked much of the past academic year revising the first edition...updating examples and adding lots of new material. The end result is a book that is noticeably fatter (more muscular, I should say!) than the first time around.

The biggest change is a new chapter addressing the government bureaucracy's preparation for and response to major disasters. We focus specifically on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and the H5N1 avian flu. You won't find journalistic chronologies here, though we do run through some of the main events and decisions. And you won't find a lot of "Monday morning quarterbacking," though we are not shy in assigning credit and blame when called for. Rather, what we provide are narratives grounded in social scientific analytical frameworks. Now that sounds exciting, doesn't it!?

One little cool feature of the second edition is the cover art. At least I think it's cool. Notice the split between the dark blue bottom and the light blue top. I read this as a homage to Bill's and my respective Ph.D. institutions. Duke's color is a darker blue, while UNC (where Bill did his graduate work) is a light blue school. Thus proving that a Blue Devil and a Tar Heel can not only work together, but actually get along!

~Steve

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