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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books (August 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608460657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608460656
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, it was a tragedy. What followed was a government-sanctioned travesty. Flaherty, a white New Orleans resident and journalist, interviews a number of locals about the recovery effort, outlining a systemic pattern that includes restrictions of service, human rights violations, and destruction of property targeting the city's African-American majority. The behavior of the notorious New Orleans police department towards this community is appalling, but even more distressing is Flaherty's reporting on the failure of the federal government to respond to the needs of its citizens, and their use of paramilitary mercenaries to enforce a pattern of brutal occupation. To learn how profoundly the system failed (and continues to fail) will be extremely difficult for some readers, and Flaherty pulls no punches in his quest to uncover failures, highlighting how the systems in place for rebuilding (foundation support, non-profit groups, military intervention) remain woefully inadequate. Readers will be compelled, depressed, disturbed, and angered by what they find in this well-written report. Crucial reading. (Sept.) (c)
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About the Author

Flaherty is a writer and community organizer based in New Orleans. His journalism played an important role in bringing the infamous case of the Jena Six to worldwide attention. His post-Katrina writing in ColorLines Magazine shared a journalism award from New America Media for best Katrina-related coverage, and he has produced many segments for Al-Jazeera, TeleSur and Democracy Now.

More About the Author

Jordan Flaherty is a journalist and television producer for Al Jazeera. He was the first journalist with a national audience to write about the Jena Six case, and played an important role in bringing the story to worldwide attention. His post-Katrina writing in ColorLines Magazine shared a journalism award from New America Media for best Katrina-related coverage in the Ethnic press, and audiences around the world have seen the news segments he's produced for Al-Jazeera, TeleSur, GritTV, and Democracy Now! For more information on his book, FLOODLINES: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six, see floodlines.org. You can also read his writing at the blog louisianajusticeinstitute.blogspot.com.

Flaherty has appeared as a guest on a wide range of television and radio shows, including CNN Morning, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Headline News, Grit TV, and both local and nationally-syndicated shows on National Public Radio. He has been a regular correspondent or frequent guest on Radio Nation on Air America, News and Notes, and many other outlets. As a white southerner who speaks honestly about race, Flaherty has been regularly published in Black progressive forums such as Black Commentator and Black Agenda Report, and is a regular guest on Black radio stations and programs such as Keep Hope Alive With Reverend Jesse Jackson.

Flaherty was among the editors of Left Turn Magazine, a groundbreaking national publication dedicated to covering social movements that ceased publishing in 2011. He has written about politics and culture for the Village Voice, New York Press, Labor Notes, Radical Society, and in several anthologies, including the South End Press books Live From Palestine and What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race and the State of the Nation, the University of Georgia Press book What is a City, and the AK Press book Red State Rebels.

FLOODLINES has been adopted in curriculums at a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses, at Amherst College, Smith College, University of Toronto, University of San Diego, Middlebury College, College of Staten Island, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Xavier University, Tulane University, University of New Orleans and others.

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The writing style is engaging and breezy even as it is serious.
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Put this book on your must read list, your Christmas list, your suggestions to library's list, or on your syllabus.
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If you survived the long "Road Home" you will want to read this inside story of all we heard about in soundbites.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By waitlister on August 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
Jordan Flaherty has written an absolutely compelling and essential book for anyone interested in contemporary politics of resistance. What I really love about the book is that it offers a wonderful and oft-missing perspective on the sorts of activist projects that are going on *right now* that are doing the hard work of thinking how our world could be otherwise.

I read a lot of books that give important insight into how things got to be this way, why they are the way they are, why what makes some inequalities so dang persistent. This book *does* give important histories in this respect, but it also points us forward. And not speculatively--there's real change happening, and this book shows us where, how, and why.

This book is of particular interest to those who understand the importance of reckoning with the vital questions raised by the history, present, and future of New Orleans. In other words, this is a book for all of us. The writing style is engaging and breezy even as it is serious. I am using this book in my college courses this year (I'm a professor), and I think it would make an excellent addition to any syllabus in American studies, gender and sexuality studies, sociology, political science, or ethnic studies. I'm excited to share with my students some concrete answers to those questions they always ask: what are we supposed to *do*???
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Romy on August 23, 2010
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Jordan Flaherty's "Floodlines" is a compelling history of New Orleans: prior to Katrina the nation's sole majority African American city with all the beauty and culture generated from creative resistance to America's vicious history of white supremacy. Each page is a revelation of information you will not hear in the national corporate media coverage of New Orleans before, during after Katrina. For example, Flaherty describes former Governor Blanco's televised plea to the people of Louisiana to "pray" the storm down to a Category 2. And though the storm did loss energy in the Gulf before coming ashore with Category 2 winds (NOT Category 5 as widely reported) the levees failed despite being certified by the US Army Corp of Engineers to hold back a Category 3 storm surge. Other revelations include the gross incompetence of a coroner with no pathology training, police assaults on community organizers, etc. My favorite aspect of the book was the description of Mardi Gras, often portrayed as a drunken privileged white fraternity party. The Native American and African American roots of Mardi Gras and it's cultural significance as a form of resistance to racism is not widely acknowledged. I highly recommend this book, for as Flaherty so eloquently states: "continued silence diminishes us all."
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shura on August 24, 2010
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It's rare to stumble across a nearly-contemporaneous record of events which also effectively grounds them in their historical context. Intelligent, well-written, and both passionate and compassionate, Flaherty's account of community response to astonishing failures of governmental action is packed with inside details -- yet is also so concise, well-written and persuasive it will appeal to people well outside the movement it documents.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Familiescantwait on August 23, 2010
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Jordan Flaherty brings this one straight to your front door. If you survived the long "Road Home" you will want to read this inside story of all we heard about in soundbites. And all we missed!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By don't mess with miss s on August 23, 2010
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Jordan Flaherty's Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six was an eye opening and pleasurable read examining the intersections of race, class, gender, immigration status, etc. and the roles they have played and continue to play in community, culture, organizing and resistance in the New Orleans gulf coast area.

An inspiring "must read" for activists, scholars, organizers, NOLA residents, those impacted by Katrina or other natural disasters, those impacted by systemic and institutional oppression, and those who are curious about the vibrant community of New Orleans.
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