'What Went Wrong' Book Review

Editor's Picks
on July 17, 2011

What Went Wrong
By the Editors of Popular Mechanics
Hardcover, 240 pages ($24.95)

Note the lack of a question mark in the title. That’s because this book isn’t asking, it’s telling—the scientific, forensic explanations for specific, well-known catastrophes that have made both headlines and history. After reading these break-it-down accounts of the causes of harrowing hurricanes, terrible tornadoes, violent volcanoes, deadly earthquakes, devastating tsunamis, ravaging wildfires, sky-scorching explosions, bridge collapses, airplanes crashes and dozens of other calamities, you may not feel any safer—but then again, you might, thanks to the handy and helpful disaster-survival tips sprinkled throughout.

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