Following the News: Books on Colonialism, Climate Change, Disaster Relief and Hurricanes

Following the News: Books on Colonialism, Climate Change, Disaster Relief and Hurricanes

This has been a particularly horrific hurricane season made even more horrific by the ineptness and cruelty of the government's response. Here are the books that I will be reading to try to deepen my understanding of the situation. I am by no means an expert on any of the topics of colonialism, Puerto Rico, climate change, disaster relief, or hurricanes. If you are or if you have better resources(or if any of mine are prolematic in some way) please let me know and I will update this.

Some Places to donate or find out more:

Hispanic Federation
MoveOn.org
You Caring
Buy "Almost Like Praying" a song by Lin-Manuel Miranda. All the benefits go to the Hispanic Federation. Also, the song is beautiful and will make you ugly cry.

Call your Representative and Senators:

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Discourse on Colonialism by Aimé Césaire

Discourse on Colonialism
by Aimé Césaire

Goodreads | Amazon
Published: 1950

"But this is all a mystification; the fact is, while colonialism in its formal sense might have been dismantled, the colonial state has not. Many of the problems of democracy are products of the old colonial state whose primary difference is the presence of black faces."

This seems to be a classic. Let's start here.


4733279.jpgDona Licha's Island: Modern Colonialism in Puerto Rico by Alfredo Lopez

Dona Licha's Island: Modern Colonialism in Puerto Rico
by Alfredo Lopez

Goodreads | Amazon
Published: 1987

"I don't like to take anything from anyone (...) especially the Americans. They send the food stamps and we eat from them. (...) But if it wasn't for their factories and that smoke, I would be living frommy boat and fish. So I suppose they owe me this. (...) Anyway, they benefit from the smoke; I benefit from the stamps. We end up even. That's the American way of doing things."

The Disenchanted Island: Puerto Rico and the United States in the Twentieth Century by Ronald Fernandez

The Disenchanted Island: Puerto Rico and the United States in the Twentieth Century
by Ronald Fernandez

Goodreads | Amazon
Published: March 20th 1996 

"Puerto Rico now belonged to the United States. The unexpected politicalitical issue was what to do with her."

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Storms Of My Grandchildren: The Truth About The Climate Catastrophe And Our Last Chance To Save Humanity
by James Hansen

Goodreads | Amazon
Published: September 1st 2009

"But once we see a slosh coming, we can project how it will play out. That is what weather forecasting consists of—mapping the current sloshes and looking upstream at where the next ones are coming from. In winter in the United States, if the next slosh is coming straight down from Canada, watch out!"

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
by Elizabeth Kolbert

Goodreads | Amazon
Published:  December 26th 2006 

"The study, which relied on date collected from aircraft, showed that over the last thirty years, the power of hurricanes had already almost doubled."

The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet by Heidi Cullen

The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet
by Heidi Cullen

Goodreads | Amazon
Published: August 3rd 2010 

"Global Warming has been called the "Perfect Problem"- perfect in the sense that it's hard to see and challenging to solve."

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable by Amitav Ghosh

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable
by Amitav Ghosh

Goodreads | Amazon
Published: September 14th 2016 

“Recognition is famously a passage from ignorance to knowledge.” 

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital  by Sheri Fink 

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
by Sheri Fink 

Goodreads | Amazon
Published: September 10th 2013

“Life and death in the critical first hours of a calamity typically hinged on the preparedness, resources, and abilities of those in the affected community with the power to help themselves and others in their vicinity. (...) In the end, with systems crashing and failing, what mattered most and had the greatest immediate effects were the actions and decisions made in the midst of a crisis by individuals.”

Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster by Michael Eric Dyson

Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster
by Michael Eric Dyson

Goodreads | Amazon
Published: January 1st 2006

“Charity is no substitute for justice. If we never challenge a social order that allows some to accumulate wealth--even if they decide to help the less fortunate--while others are short-changed, then even acts of kindness end up supporting unjust arrangements. We must never ignore the injustices that make charity necessary, or the inequalities that make it possible. ” 

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
by Don Brown

Goodreads | Amazon
Published: August 4th 2015

This is actually a graphic novel about Hurricane Katrina but I feel like it fits.


If anyone knows of articles or books about the situation that they think should be on post please let me know and I will add them.

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