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Deadly Indifference: The Perfect (Political) Storm: Hurricane Katrina, The Bush White House, and Beyond Hardcover – June 16, 2011
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An excellent additional perspective on the disaster of Katrina, and a critical examination of bungled disaster management. (Midwest Book Review)
About the Author
Ted Schwarz is the author of over 100 books, several of them bestsellers. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Steven Craig, CEM, MEP, MS
Author- "Chronicles of Katrina"
For many of us Katrina is now a blur but the book takes you back to the way it was happened.
This was a tragic event and made greater by many factors.
I recently heard President Bush say there is one of his big changes would have been his response to Katrina.
He realizes how this all could have been improved. We all hope that FEMA has improved and some of the lessons from Katrina are being now used to help Minot ND and their situations with the flood.
Thanks to Michael for writing the book. It is a good read for all of America to better understand FEMA and Katrina and what can happen in the real world. Make your own thoughts after you read the book about what happened.
[This book review published full-text in Eric Holderman's Disaster Zone blog]
A Book Review and Critique of
DEADLY INDIFFERENCE-The Perfect (Political) Storm-Hurricane Katrina, the Bush White House and Beyond (219 pp)
By Michael D. Brown and Ted Schwarz
Published by Taylor Trade Publishing (2011)
ISBN 978-1-58979-485-6 (cloth)
ISBN 978-1-58979-486-3 (electronic)
An interesting selection of title by former Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response of the Department of Homeland Security Michael D. Brown. Mr. Brown also served as the General Counsel of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Deputy Director of FEMA before its statutory abolition by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 effective for that purpose on March 1, 2003, when Mr. Brown became Under Secretary. In those positions Mr. Brown served as a Presidential appointee of President George W. Bush.
The book serves as documentation in part and apologia in part for the learning curve experienced by Mr. Brown ending shortly after the landfall of Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005.
Disclosure: I worked at FEMA from September 10, 1979 until October 1, 1999. From April 1, 1979 until September 10, 1979 I ran FEMA's litigation under IAA between FEMA and HUD. I was the Associate General Counsel for Litigation from 1979 until July 1, 1986. I never worked for Mr. Brown.
Even now Mr. Brown is somewhat ambivalent about both his role and those he served during his time in office. He does give substantial evidence that he was at least as qualified as some other FEMA General Counsels, Deputy Directors, and Under Secretaries in DHS. Personally I believe he was qualified to lead FEMA during his time in office.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Eye-opening behind the scene politics even concerning natural disasters. Thanks Michael.Published 13 months ago by Carol Merz
Helpful to understand what FEMA is actually capable/not capable of doing. Better decisions could have been made by many along the way but reality is when a disaster this big hits,... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jason S McBride
Michael Brown is typical of cronyism at its worst. No experience in Disaster Relief and get's a top paying job with the Bush Admin. I wonder why? Show horses? Read morePublished on October 31, 2012 by R. E. Kelly
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Library Thing, and am so glad I did. I have always wondered what the inside story of Katrina was, so I decided to read Michael D. Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by scrmom15
Brown was the Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the time of Hurricane Katrina. Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by Cap'n G