Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Best of the Bunch: December 2015

Today I'm sharing the best book I read in December.

I finished a whopping three books in December, which is a new low for me. I'm currently plowing through two long books (Middlemarch and the Qur'an) that I should finish in early January. Only one of this month's three books earned a high rating (4.5 stars), so by default it's my best of the bunch for December.

In The Unthinkable, Ripley manages to strike a necessary balance between frightening and empowering in this book on human behavior during disasters. Using examples from interviews with actual disaster survivors, Ripley illustrates the mostly unhelpful stages that people tend to go through during a disaster, when quick action is often of the utmost importance. She explains which parts of our current preparedness practices are helpful, and which are not, with the most damning indictments leveled at the leaders and experts who place all their faith in technology and authorities and don't trust the average person well enough to train and equip them. This is an excellent overview of how people behave during crises, and what those in charge should be doing differently as a result, and it's definitely worth a read.

What is the best book you read this month? Let me know in comments, or write your own post and link up below!

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