by Robert Brown Butler
(Mahopac, NY USA)
The Disaster Handbook is an antidote for a dominant anxiety of nearly every man, woman, and child in America, which is about as infinite and relevant an audience as a book can have.
This publication has won six literary awards, its writing ranks with that of the best novels, it is filled with visually rich illustrations, and it leavens this usually scary subject with humor.
Most of all the author — a prominent architect who has penned five thick volumes on architecture for McGraw-Hill— has sidestepped the usual “survivalist” shibboleths that infest this genre of literature in favor of spotlighting the importance of precautionary architecture: how to prepare your home or workplace for a disaster in advance, be safe as it happens, and repair any damage afterward.
This volume also describes how to store and use all the foods, tools, and other “calamity commodities” you will need when misfortune comes knocking on your door, and it details how to perform those everyday tasks that keep you alive —cook, wash the dishes, clean your clothes, bathe, go to the bathroom, and keep everything sanitary— when you have no power or pure water.
The book is sensible, insightful, packed with practical information, and every page is laden with meaning that transcends locality and extends far beyond the immediate message of the text.
Robert Brown Butler
Architect & Author