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on January 8, 2013
Choosing a textbook for a course is not usually an easy task -- one must sift through the less substantial books to identify the best available by content, difficulty, readability, extras, etc. Every once in a while authors write a textbook that is outstanding in most respects -- in this case the authors nailed it! They provide excellent coverage of national security, natural and other threats and hazards that face the United States and the many organizations and their responsibilities that respond to them -- the most important being the Department of Homeland Security and its many constituent parts. For completeness and accuracy in content this book is excellent. But be prepared for a cornucopia of very detailed and mundane information -- after all, this is a textbook/reference.

The organizational landscape of homeland security -- the structures, roles and relationships of the federal, state, tribal and local entities -- are covered in sufficient detail to provide students with an excellent appreciation of the subject. Not a defect of the book but rather its nature is that it describes how the management and responses to emergencies should be handled, and not so much the actual practice though there are some sections illustrating contemporary responses to disasters interspersed throughout the text.

The authors have some definite points of view and I believe that is actually another strength of the book. For example, regarding the creation and original organization of the Department of Homeland Security the authors correctly identify the enfeeblement and defunding of the previously independent FEMA with its predictable and subsequent dire results. Though the U.S.Congress passed post-Katrina legislation to correct the lessened emphasis on natural hazards -- and DHS itself now voices an "all hazards" approach -- whether DHS is the best organizational framework for what are its constituent pieces is not yet clear in my opinion and that of many others. The authors discuss these points and, when relevant, the politics and history of each of the hazards. Even though their points of view are pretty clearly discerned they fairly present the issues and context.

Whether you are looking for a textbook or a reference book then this is the one you should seriously consider purchasing. The two principal authors were long-time FEMA employees who are now industry consultants -- the four authors did an excellent job on this effort.
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on December 20, 2013
There is a lot to read i had to have it for my Homeland security to class. Looking back I didn't really need it but it helped enforce the matieral from the class. There is a lot of material in the book that is redundant UNLESS you are writing a paper, book or something and need more details. But as a text book for a class seems like its a lot to take in unless you focus on a few chapters.
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on September 21, 2013
You will find every thing about DHS you want to know. It is the best starting reference that lead you to others in its topics. I recommend for you if you want to have a significant amount of information about DHS within one book.
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on March 13, 2013
If you got the Homeland Security Handbook, you got to get your hands on this right now. Quit your job, say good bye to your kids and your wife, move in with your parents, lock all your doors, and keep a loaded shotgun nearby because things are about to get real.
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on December 14, 2014
If your intent is to be an informed citizen this book will open your eyes to the quagmire of government spending with the multitude of departments and bureaucratic rabbit holes that our tax dollars disappear into.

If you're like me it was required text for university class. I purchased the ebook text which saved a little money but in my opinion should be at least a third of the cost of a text.
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on November 20, 2014
I don't have a problem with the content, because this was a required book, I can't say much about that. I am really upset however that the digital copy on my kindle does not have page numbers, it only had the Loc numbers. This has made my semester incredibly frustrating when trying to follow along in class or do assigned readings. I have purchased multiple textbooks for school on my kindle and I have never had one that did not have page numbers so this was very disappointing and annoying. I have struggled all semester and am now slightly deterred from buying ebooks.
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on March 6, 2014
I only gave it a four because my book was about a week late and I REALLY needed it on time. However also my own fault for waiting so long to get it
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on January 31, 2014
This is a really good book. It has many interesting facts! It has many facts brought together in a timeline manner! Really Good
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on November 27, 2013
This is a great text for learners interested in security and all its aspects. Has creditable sources and relevant information.
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on December 19, 2013
I bought this book for a class - required reading, it is interesting, and arrived in good condition. Exactly what I needed.
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