Literary Nonfiction. California Interest. Essays. CHAOS AND ASH records one consultant's views from the inside of some of the largest critical incidents over the past twenty-five years--many front page headliners, that stand out in the nation's memory. From 1987 to 2012 Kendall Johnson served as traumatic stress consultant to emergency service agencies and the military--in various settings--often in the field. It is within the extremes of life experience that important lessons can be learned, that character comes to the fore, and that human nature--for better and for worse--is most clearly revealed.