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Hurricane Katrina: Through the Eyes of Storm Chasers Paperback – September 1, 2005


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Farcountry Press (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560373776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560373773
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,822,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jim Reed: Jim Reed is emerging as one of the world's most accomplished extreme weather photographers for his striking images of America's changing climate. A 15-year veteran storm chaser, Jim has documented nearly every type of meteorological phenomena, including tornadoes, electrical storms and floods. He has been in the eye of nine major hurricanes. Jim’s career as a photographer has its roots in his childhood fascination with severe weather. In 1969, when Jim was eight years old, he and his mother unwittingly drove through the outer bands of Hurricane Camille while returning from a family vacation to Florida. By age 11, Jim was shooting home movies of nature’s wrath. Jim has received awards and recognition from the National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year International, American PHOTO, MSNBC Readers' Choice Picture of the Year, the National Weather Service, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. He is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America West, National Press Photographers Association and National Association of Photoshop Professionals. He is featured in the Yearbook of Experts.

Mike Theiss: A native of the Florida Keys, has been interested in severe weather since age 6, when he would sit with his father on the porch and watch the effects of thunder and lightning in typical summer thunderstorms. His interest in extreme weather has grown into a passion. Call it fate, but his middle school's mascot was a tornado and his high school mascot was a hurricane. Mike set his sights on studying meteorology in college, but chose to pursue hands-on field work instead. In 2001, Mike combined his love of photography, video production, and film making and started Ultimate Chase Video Productions. Mike currently works as a stringer for the Weather Channel. Each spring, Mike travels to Tornado Alley in search of  supercells, tornadoes, lightning, and hail storms with Cyclone Tours. In the summer months, he is on the lookout for waterspouts and stands at the ready to hop on a plane for the Caribbean when hurricanes threaten.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Vasquez on December 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a 96-page book with 100% glossy, full-color interiors showing Hurricane Katrina, the storm that hit Florida and New Orleans in August 2005. Maybe I'm a bit jaded but I expected the pages to be strewn with Newsweek-style images, following the well-travelled route of human-interest pictorial essays.

Instead, what I found was a well-documented book that spans the entire spectrum of Katrina. Yes, there is the human interest angle. We see residents boarding up houses in Gulfport. People getting rescued (one, an elderly woman lifted by rescuers while clutching a cigarette). Mississippians trying to deal with the damage and ruin.

However there is also good content to feed the left brain. Shots aboard the Gulfstream IV Hurricane Hunter aircraft. Pictures of storm clouds and a true tempest, with residents battling to walk into the wind (real wind, not Weather Channel live report wind). The deluge of the storm surge into a Gulfport hotel, with excellent before & after shots. Large spreads make use of NOAA's damage reconnaissance photos to dissect what happened in Gulfport. This is great, because I argue with the maxim that a book should evoke emotion; I feel that a great work should not only graze at this level (few of us need any reminder that Katrina was tragic) but should also give pause and tantalize the intellect. This, the book does quite well.

The main downside is that only eight pages were devoted to the story outside of Mississippi, largely gathered from newspaper stock images. But perhaps what we're actually getting is some balanced coverage. The New Orleans saga will likely be told for centuries, but what happened in Mississippi, which got the full brunt of the storm surge, is already forgotten by the mainstream media.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Sparks on January 9, 2007
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I purchased this book for my mom who lives in southern Mississippi. This book really told the story of surviving Hurricaine Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The photographers really took great pictures and brought the area to life for those of us fortunant to not have lived thru such a horrific event.

Most of the other books offered were of New Orleans and did not have much information on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

I would highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris J. Kruzner on September 17, 2009
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Wow. Jim Reed tells a good story with his photography and writing about what it was like to be on a front row hotel to the ocean when a violent hurricane, like Katrina, hits. It is amazing how he made it through the storm. The photography tells as much, if not more, about the power of Katrina. Great job Mr. Reed!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Y. Trehalf on January 25, 2008
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For those who want to see the Mississippi results (vs. New Orleans) of Hurricane Katrina need to go no further than this book!
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