Reading the NYT this morning (last Sundays – still catching up!) and in the business section there was an interview with someone who said that they were reading, Inviting Disaster: Lessons From the Edge of Technology! How did I miss it!?!?!?!? And it was published in 2002. My kinda book!
The author, James Chiles combines captivating storytelling with eye-opening findings delving inside some of history’s worst catastrophes showing us how increasingly “smart” systems leave us wide open to human tragedy. He weaves a dramatic narrative that explains how breakdowns in these systems result in such disasters as the chain reaction crash of the Air France Concorde to the meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station. Chiles demonstrates how the battle between man and machine may be escalating beyond manageable limits — and why we all have a stake in its outcome.
The book was originally published in 2001 and then a quick second edition came out providing a behind-the-scenes look at the World Trade Center catastrophe. Combining firsthand accounts of employees’ escapes with an in-depth look at the structural reasons behind the towers’ collapse, Chiles addresses the question, were the towers “two tall heroes” or structures with a fatal flaw?
- Inviting Disaster: Lessons From the Edge of Technology
- James R. Chiles
- Paperback, 368 pages
- Published August 20th 2002 by HarperBusiness