We humans are a stubborn bunch. Not only do we find preparing for he unexpected almost impossible, but we seem always to assume things happen to other people, not us.
When the tsunami hit that took down Japan's nuclear plants, we were in southern California and a tsunami watch brought scores of curious people - including me - to the beach at the appointed hour.
Oakley Brooks has not only documented the catastrophe that killed so many and changed the landscape in Sumatra for generations, he has managed to put a human face on it at the same time as he explains the geologists' and seismologists' solemn warnings of more to come.
Fundamentalist Islamists are hardly the only ones who choose to believe some authority other than scientists but they - at least in Brooks' account -provide the best view into the issues that seem to cause people of persuasion to find ways to evade what we don't wish to face.
This is a carefully documented, compassionate look into the hazards living on this earth always hold for all of us, careful not to caricature or judge those on Sumatra, nor those of us who live atop fault lines in souther California.
Fascinating, sobering, an important addition to the puzzles our species have added to the history of life on the planet.show more
by patricia aldred