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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 24, Number 1, Spring 2010

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Volume 24, Number 1, Spring 2010

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Shaken Allegiances: A New Novel by Michel Bruneau

Michel Bruneau, Professor, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo and former MCEER Director, recently published his second work of fiction, a novel titled Shaken Allegiances. The book offers an original and entertaining view of the first 48 hours following a devastating earthquake on Montreal Island, on the eve of a referendum on Quebec’s independence and in the dead of winter. Told from the various viewpoints of politicians, emergency responders, members of the media, structural engineers, medical students and others who are often relied upon for leadership following a major disaster, the book uncovers the dark side of human nature, revealing a metaphorical disaster created by self-serving egos.

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