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March 2017 Vol. 54 No. 7

University Press of Colorado

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Science & Technology

2015-29798 MARC
Boiarsky, Carolyn R. Risk communication and miscommunication: case studies in science, technology, engineering, government and community organizations. University Press of Colorado, 2016. 140p bibl index afp ISBN 9781607324669 pbk, $20.95; ISBN 9781607324676 ebook, $16.95.

Humans live in a world of complex gadgets and sophisticated technology, which all help foster communication. It is not uncommon to read about a grand scale accident or disaster that is caused by human error. Inadequate, careless, or unclear communication between individuals who serve as leaders is one source of human error that has the potential to cause a major catastrophe. Boiarsky (English, Purdue Univ. Calumet) presents a well-researched work that is based on numerous case studies. The text illustrates and warns against the types of miscommunication and lack of proper communication that have resulted in several environmental and technological catastrophes. The work references an abundant number of documents, and various modes of communication are analyzed from a wide array of organizations (governmental, institutional, and private) that are relevant to the issue. This book is highly recommended to those individuals who are responsible for and/or are part of complex teams that allow industrial and technological systems to function well.

--V. V. Raman, Rochester Institute of Technology

Summing Up: Highly recommended. Professionals and practitioners.