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was an excellent book on complex systems and disasters
on April 25, 2015
Perrow's book, Normal Accidents, was an excellent book on complex systems and disasters. This book is a caricature of that book. Perrow must have thought, "Hey, that book did well. I'm at the end of my career. I'll write another disaster book to try and recapture lost glory." This is the book Chicken Little should have written. It is poorly researched, makes dogmatic conclusions on research that Perrow admits is highly ambiguous, has prescriptions that range from unrealistic to the silly. What's clear is that Perrow's politics are far-left liberal, wanting an utopian world different than the one we live in only because of Republican obstruction. There was a hint of bias in Normal Accidents, but in this book bias rules at the expense of facts, evidence, and reality-based conclusions. I used Normal Accidents in my doctoral dissertation. I was looking thinking about using the new book on a new paper I'm writing. I'm going to avoid this book like a plague...