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The fatal inundation of New Orleans was no natural disaster, argues this hard-hitting investigative report. Wall Street Journal reporters Cooper and Block finger two very man-made causes of the tragedy. The first was the decades-long failure of local officials and the Army Corps of Engineers to fix New Orleans' poorly designed and constructed levees and floodwalls, which collapsed under moderate hurricane conditions. The second and more spectacular was the breakdown of the Federal Emergency Management Agency after its incorporation into the Department of Homeland Security, which cut FEMA's funding and authority and reoriented it toward the national obsession with terrorism. The result, when the flood came, was a bumbling federal response hobbled by complacent planning, miscommunication, red tape (even recovery of the dead was delayed by paperwork) and an inability to deliver promised supplies and transportation. The authors' exhaustively researched account slogs through the intricacies of this bureaucratic nightmare and goes beyond the usual pillorying of FEMA head Michael Brown to criticize higher officials in the White House and, especially, DHS. Cooper and Block manage to thread a readable, coherent story through the morass of detail and acronyms, with disquieting implications about the government's ability to cope with catastrophe. Photos. (Aug. 8)Note: Publication of Hamid Karzai's Letter from Kabul (Reviews, July 10) has been postponed.
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Great book. Very very well written and is definitely useful for certain classes. Amazing pictures and very easy to read.Published 22 months ago by vron
I had a tough time putting this book down. The detail included was outstanding. The authors told the real story, no matter who might be offended. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by SandyAnn
Purchased for class for a degree in Emergency Management. Learned many things about Katrina that were never publicized through the media. Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Kirk Ney
I started this book with a serious amount of trepidation thinking that it would be just another cheap bashing of Michael Brown, FEMA Director at the time of Katrina. Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by CP
Bought this for a class and found it very interesting reading. If you want to see our govenments mis-steps and misapproppriations of money read this.Published on March 15, 2012 by Denver Dawn
Yes, this book provided an in-depth review of Hurricane Katrina, pre and post.
It accounts for all the key players. It hurls blame at all the same people. Read more
Maddening to read, this is a very clear-eyed and even-handed account of the government's response to Katrina. Read morePublished on July 7, 2008 by Amy Russell
Seems to do a real good job. As an anything like this, it takes a lot of people a lot of time to mess up something this bad. Read morePublished on March 29, 2008 by R. Kendall
I say this because the book was very difficult to put down, certainly surprising because it is reporting on a recent event with known results. Read morePublished on October 27, 2007 by Cartoon lover