Who Gets What

Who Gets What

Fair Compensation After Tragedy and Financial Upheaval

Book - 2012
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
Explains the factors that are considered when calculating the compensation paid to the victims of such tragedies as 9/11, the Virginia Tech massacre, and the Deep Horizon oil spill and the philosophical issues and practical problems involved in the decision.

Perseus Publishing

Agent Orange, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, the Virginia Tech massacre, the 2008 financial crisis, and the Deep Horizon gulf oil spill: each was a disaster in its own right. What they had in common was their aftermath—each required compensation for lives lost, bodies maimed, livelihoods wrecked, economies and ecosystems upended. In each instance, an objective third party had to step up and dole out allocated funds: in each instance, Presidents, Attorneys General, and other public officials have asked Kenneth R. Feinberg to get the job done.

In Who Gets What?, Feinberg reveals the deep thought that must go into each decision, not to mention the most important question that arises after a tragedy: why compensate at all? The result is a remarkably accessible discussion of the practical and philosophical problems of using money as a way to address wrongs and reflect individual worth.



& Taylor

Citing famous examples of disasters that involved extensive compensations for lost lives, livelihoods and ecosystems, a forefront lawyer who has been involved in the funds for victims of such tragedies as September 11 and the Virginia Tech massacre assesses the practical and philosophical challenges of monetary compensation.

Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: xx, 216 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781586489779
Branch Call Number: 347.077 Fei


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at BPL

To Top