Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago


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Heat waves in the United States kill more people during a typical year than all other natural disasters combined. Until Klinenberg's book, no one could explain either the overwhelming number or the heartbreaking manner of the deaths resulting from the 1995 Chicago heat wave. Meteorologists and medical scientists have been unable to account for the scale of the trauma, and political officials have puzzled over the sources of the city's vulnerability. In "Heat Wave," Eric Klinenberg takes us inside the anatomy of the ...

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