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The heat index, which measures how the temperature actually feels on the body, would hit degrees by the time the day was over. Meteorologists had been warning residents about a two-day heat wave, but these temperatures did not end that soon. When the heat wave broke a week later, city streets had buckled; the records for electrical use were shattered; and power grids had failed, leaving residents without electricity for up to two days. And by July 20, over seven hundred people had perished-more than twice the number that died in the Chicago Fire of , twenty times the number of those struck by Hurricane Andrew in —in the great Chicago heat wave, one of the deadliest in American history.

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Review Quotes Malcolm Gladwell New Yorker "By the end of Heat Wave, Klinenberg has traced the lines of culpability in dozens of directions, drawing a dense and subtle portrait of exactly what happened during that week in July. God is in the details, though, and Klinenberg painstakingly lays out for us both the structural and more proximate policies that led to the disastrous Chicago mortality figures of July But his ultimate achievement is far more significant.

In exploring what made Chicago so vulnerable to disaster in , Klinenberg provides a riveting account of the changes that reshaped urban America during the s and, indeed, throughout the postwar era.

Yet they hardly generate the kind of buzz that hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, or wildfires do. In the compelling, sobering, and exhaustively researched Heat Wave, Eric Klinenberg suggests a plausible reason. A provocative, fascinating book, one that applies to much more than weather disasters. What makes Heat Wave such an essential book at this moment in American politics is that, using the heat wave as his paradigm, Klinenberg has written a forceful account of what it means to be poor, old, sick and alone in the era of American entrepreneurial government.

Klinenberg has meticulously documented a great tragedy in recent Chicago History. He has written it in a manner which allows scholars, activists, community planners and policy-makers to draw lessons, so that it may never happen again.

It is well-suited for required reading in public health and social science courses and for fascinating armchair reading. The work illuminates the contemporary problems of aging, popery, and community neglect with great skill and sensitivity. In the process, Heat Wave offers an exemplary demonstration of how an intensive, multilayered analytical focus on an extreme case or event can yield fresh insight into the social structures, ecologies, and policies that produce everyday inequity and hardship.

It is intellectually exciting. If it is not pathbreaking for the study of political communication, it is nonetheless destined to be a recurrent point of reference and an excellent choice for classroom use. This is a stunningly good book, a rare work with broad vision, theoretical savvy, and prodigious leg work in government bureaus, city news rooms, and tough neighborhoods. Klinenberg touched every base, took no shortcuts, and has produced a sociological masterpiece.

In this brilliant book, Klinenberg makes visible the ongoing disaster of poverty and isolation that is silently unraveling in some of the most affluent cities in North America.

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Nicki Lisa Cole, Ph. Updated March 06, This month July marks the twentieth anniversary of the week-long Chicago heat wave that killed over people. Unlike other types of natural disasters, like hurricanes, earthquakes, and blizzards, heat waves are silent killers--their destruction is wreaked in private homes rather than in public. Paradoxically, despite the fact that heat waves are often far more deadly than these others kinds of natural disasters, the threats they pose receive very little media and popular attention. The news we do hear about heat waves is that they are most risky to the very young and very old. Helpfully, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points out that those who live alone, do not leave home on a daily basis, lack access to transportation, are ill or bedridden, socially isolated, and lack air conditioning are most at risk of perishing during a heat wave.

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Review Quotes Malcolm Gladwell New Yorker "By the end of Heat Wave, Klinenberg has traced the lines of culpability in dozens of directions, drawing a dense and subtle portrait of exactly what happened during that week in July. God is in the details, though, and Klinenberg painstakingly lays out for us both the structural and more proximate policies that led to the disastrous Chicago mortality figures of July But his ultimate achievement is far more significant. In exploring what made Chicago so vulnerable to disaster in , Klinenberg provides a riveting account of the changes that reshaped urban America during the s and, indeed, throughout the postwar era. Yet they hardly generate the kind of buzz that hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, or wildfires do. In the compelling, sobering, and exhaustively researched Heat Wave, Eric Klinenberg suggests a plausible reason. A provocative, fascinating book, one that applies to much more than weather disasters.

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But his ultimate achievement is far more significant. In exploring what made Chicago so vulnerable to disaster in , Klinenberg provides a riveting account of the changes that reshaped urban America during the s and, indeed, throughout the postwar era. In this brilliant book, Klinenberg makes visible the ongoing disaster of poverty and isolation that is silently unraveling in some of the most affluent cities in North America. The result is a riveting tale of disaster, a book that we will be talking about for years.

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