This second edition confronts a further ten years of ever more expensive and deadly disasters since the book was first published and discusses disaster not as an aberration, but as a signal failure of mainstream 'development'.
Part I provides two analytical models as tools for understanding vulnerability. One links remote and distant 'root causes' to 'unsafe conditions' in a 'progression of vulnerability'. The other uses the concepts of 'access' and 'livelihood' to understand why some households are more vulnerable than others.
Part II presents case material organized by hazard type: those linked with drought, biological hazards, flood and landslide, cyclone, earthquake and volcano.
Part III draws out lessons for recovery and preventive action to create a safer world.
The book has 9 chapters and a subject index.
After Word by lead author of At Risk, 2nd edition (London, Routledge, 2003) translated and included in Japanese translation of that book by M. Watanabe, M. Ishiwatari and Y.Suwa, Tokyo: Tsukiji Shokan, 2010 [ISBN 978-4-8067-1412-5], 383 pp.