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Katrina's Secrets: Storms after the Storm (Katrina Secrets Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

C. Ray Nagin
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Gaining a firm grasp on the highly complex, famously fraught aftermath of Hurricane Katrina can seem as tenuous as its victims’ shaky grasp on survival. One man, then Mayor C. Ray Nagin, was the metaphoric eye of the storm. Charged with assessing the forces that swirled around him, the city’s leader strove to maintain formidable calm in the face of the biggest natural and man-made disaster in America’s history. That is, until he simply could not.

Now, Nagin’s account, Katrina’s Secrets: Storms after the Storm, lays out the days leading up to and the intense thrity days following the storm. At once stirringly elegiac and disarmingly candid, this spellbinding reckoning delivers exacting detail, while boldly exposing secrets that, until now, have been glossed over or spun out. Each hour, Nagin navigated tumultuous political channels, all while survivors clung to rooftops and begged for drinking water. Nagin’s team confronted thousands of calls pleading for rescue; politicos more keen to pose for photos than to pose solutions; broken promises from FEMA; and the violent Superdome; and the controversial acts of some police. When he at last broke down in a radio interview, the world cried with him.

Clear and compassionate, the author illuminates the unparalleled complexity of the city’s immediate and far-reaching response. He charts the magnitude of the efforts undertaken in response to the lives that hung in the balance and the actions taken to restore New Orleans to its rightful luster. Katrina’s Secrets also provides crucial context of race and class to shed new and unnerving light on how the events played out.

Throughout the searing narrative, Nagin’s deep love of his native city shines through like a beacon in the treacherous, storm-tossed night. Any reader dumbfounded by the fallout of Katrina will cling to every graceful, gutsy page of this heartbreaking ode to a place like no other, and its breathtaking comeback. Katrina’s Secrets is certain to give ample pause for thought—and cause to act.

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About the Author

C. Ray Nagin was born in New Orleans' Charity Hospital. He grew up in the inner city, graduating from the public school system. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Tuskegee Institute and a Masters of Business Administration from Tulane University. After a very successful career in corporate America, he entered the New Orleans mayoral race in 2002 and was elected the sixtieth Mayor of New Orleans. His administration initiated progressive policies that focused on transparency, fiscal accountability, and technological enhancement. They eliminated back-to-back budget deficits, significantly reduced poverty levels, facilitated billions in infrastructure projects, and launched a highly acclaimed city website. In August 2005, Nagin ordered the first-ever mandatory evacuation before Hurricane Katrina directly hit New Orleans. Prior to holding public office, he worked with a great team to transform Cox Communications' local operations into one of its most profitable assets. He is married to Seletha Smith Nagin, and they have three children, Jeremy, Jarin and Tianna.

Product Details

  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146095971X
  • Publisher: C. Ray Nagin (December 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057AIK2S
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Self-published for a reason June 29, 2011
By B Diddy
This book is self-published for a reason and it's certainly not for a lack of interest from publishing companies. After all, if Bristol Palin can get a book deal, surely the mayor who presided over the largest disaster in our country's history could. Publishers, however, are held accountable for the "nonfiction" label that they place on books. They perform at least a basic level of fact checking and require sources to substantiate the author's claims. Nagin's self-published book is free from such encumbrances. In the introduction, he claims that the book "is based on my recollections, observations, and records." In other words, this book is unashamedly one-sided, based not on facts, but on the events as Nagin (conveniently) remembers them.

If you're seeking a window into Nagin's twisted mind, read this book. But if it's the facts you're interested in, I suggest looking elsewhere.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mayor Ray should pay readers for the next one. January 29, 2012
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Mayor Ray:

Your book is not a good read. You claim to have emergency management experience but you have demonstrated through the written word that you didn't learn a thing. The outcome may have been different had you let the emergency managers do thier jobs.

I'm guessing that you decided against proofreading based on the number of errors. I found them annoying.

The inference was made that everyone outside of the mayor's officer is racist. Ray did you promote that? You refer to a character in the story as a real brother. Sorry but what respect I had for the author has tanked.

All summed, the book is terrible and the message is even worse.
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Delusional June 26, 2011
Mayor Nagin was thrust in a position no Mayor in recent memory has had to endure. He did as well as anyone could, considering the apathy of the Bush administration and the slow response times. I agree with him that a lot of the lack of response was, indeed, the fact that New Orleans is a predominantly Black, Democratic city. But he goes on to, almost laughable, lengths of racism which only underscore the fact that it indeed is HE who is the racist here. He has "quoted" several of the key players in this book concerning the supposed "Planned March" across the bridge. Those, well respected, people have repudiated his claims within days of the book's release.
This is a book of fiction, people. The truths exist only in the mind of C. Ray Nagin. I know...I was there. I am still here. And I know how badly my mental condition was affected by this catastrophic event. The difference is that I would trust a publisher to "fact check" me and ensure I told the truth...not self publish a delusional diatribe.
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23 of 33 people found the following review helpful
I was fortunate to get a copy of the book for free, because after reading it I would absolutely hate myself as a human being if I had paid money for this filth.

I was very curious to see what approach Ray Nagin was going to take on "his" version of Katrina. Let me just say I had a difficult time getting to the end of the book, because it was clear Ray Nagin was trying harder to repair his image than to tell the truth about what happened. After everything that I have read over the last half decade about Katrina, after everything that I have seen about Katrina, and after reading multiple points of view from the leaders involved; it is clear Ray Nagin is attempting with this book to paint himself as a victim and not a man who is partially responsible for the misery that was brought to New Orleans.

He does his very best to paint George W. Bush as the villain in the Katrina situation which is far from the truth. The federal government has admitted that there were things they could have done better, but Nagin forgets to mention that Gov. Kathleen Blanco denied Pres. Bush authorization to bring the National Guard into the state (which is required by law). He also fails to mention that Pres. Bush went on national television and national radio two days prior to the hurricane, and pleaded with the people to get out of the city since Nagin and Blanco refused to do it themselves. He does acknowledge that the busing system they used failed, but that is a small detail in the scheme of things.

I want to also add that he does not apologize for the multiple races remarks he has made against the Hispanic and White communities over the years, or the fact that he wants New Orleans to be a "brown town only" (his words not mine).

Bottom line I can not recommend this book to anyone.
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just file under "disaster profiteering" June 26, 2011
Because that's all this is. My mom bought me a copy of this as a "gift", and I read about 5 pages of it before I remembered how incompetent, dishonest, and prejudiced the Mayor was during his time in office. It's burning in my backyard right now.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating fiction July 6, 2011
What an amazing piece of fiction. Nagin, who ruled over the most corrupt administration in a long time in New Orleans, and who is an avowed racist (quote his chocolate city remarks, among others) has made up a fascinating fairy story. I would certainly not encourage anyone to buy this book. The fact that he could apparently not find a publisher (who would want confirmation of stated facts) and had to self publish, should be a warning to everyone not to buy. This book belongs in the FICTION files. I cannot even give this one star rating, as that would be mountains too high. Do not buy
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 6 months ago by kae
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Published 6 months ago by Mama
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the book it was very informative
Yes, I love the book it was very informative.
Published 6 months ago by tetesa
4.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written Book ....
The book was basically in the condition I expected. Shipping took a little longer than expected but well within the expectations represented by Amazon. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Frank Bowers
4.0 out of 5 stars Matter of Perspective
When reading this book I felt that everyone should take it with a grain of salt. As I was reading the forward it became apparent to me that the book was going to relay Ray Nagin's... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well Written Book
C. Ray Nagin gives a detailed story of his life growing up and background, and the events before, during, and after the storm. Often times I found myself feeling like I was there. Read more
Published on February 19, 2013 by Sandra Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting story
His story is so interesting and very well told. I could barely put it down until it was finished. I recommend to anyone.
Published on December 21, 2012 by Jennifer Groussman
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
I actually really enjoyed the book, it lays out one mans Katrina from a unique albeit understandbly bias perspective. Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by cghome
4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking story from a Mayor who didn't abandon his city during its...
Although I followed this news story closely and have watched several documentaries on it, this book shed a whole new light on it. Read more
Published on September 22, 2011 by Reed
1.0 out of 5 stars Any resemblance to fact is purely coincidental
This book was a must-read for me because my two favorite genres are detective stories and science fiction/fantasy novels, and Nagin's amazing book combines the two as biographical... Read more
Published on August 31, 2011 by muspench
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