Environmental Hazards: Assessing Risk and cussion including defining hazard, paradigms of haz- Reducing Disaster, Third Edition. Keith Smith. ard, risk perception, and hazard vulnerability. Smith 2001 . 392 pp. $32.99. Paperbound. ($100.00. has incorporated some of the newer theories in haz- Hardbound) Routledge. ISBN 0-415-22464-0. ard studies, including the important reassessment of natural hazards in the United States to which count- less hazard experts from various disciplines contrib- Keith Smith's book Environmental Hazard: As- uted (Mileti 1999). sessing Risk and Reducing Disaster is one of several volumes in the Routledge Physical Environment Se- Part II, "The Experience and Reduction of Hazard," ries and is a welcome addition to hazard textbooks. In discusses the physical nature of hazards as well as this text Smith not only discusses the physical dimen- adjustments that can be made to alleviate loss. Smith sions of hazards, he also provides a compelling dis- includes instruction on six types of hazards: tectonic, cussion of hazard theory and potential adjustments to mass movement, severe storms, biophysical, hydro- reduce hazard loss. The text is appropriate for intro- logical, and technological. Each chapter includes the ductory students in a range of disciplines, such as ge- physical dimensions of the
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