Two interesting books:
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, a Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
by Ted Koppel
Ted Koppel discusses likelihood of terrorist attack on the power grid, associated devastation, and lessons learned from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in his new book "Lights Out" on PBS NewsHour. He says that, due to the unique design of each power station, it takes from 6 months to two years to replace one. Electricity is required to pump diesel, fueling trucks and trains to carry food and other products to cities. It is necessary for communications of all kinds. A power grid attack could be devastating to life and property if we are not prepared.
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Mr. Talib explains that every great change for good or bad in society is due to an unexpected event, called a "Black Swan." Until discovered in Australia in the 1800's, the prevailing wisdom was that all swans are white. Black swans did not exist. But black swans (improbable events) do exist and happen in each of our lives. Some are positive, such as the invention of the steam engine, computer, cell phone or personal stroke of good luck. Some are negative, such as a stock market bubble and crash, or an unexpected war, loss of a job, death of a family member, health challenge or other negative surprise. Mr. Taleb believes we can put the odds in our favor by preparing for the Black Swans in our lives that will happen.