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Bestselling historian Douglas Brinkley, a professor at Tulane University, lived through the destruction of Hurricane Katrina with his fellow New Orleans residents, and now in The Great Deluge he has written one of the first complete accounts of that harrowing week, which sorts out the bewildering events of the storm and its aftermath, telling the stories of unsung heroes and incompetent officials alike. Get a sample of his story--and clarify your own memories--by looking through the detailed timeline he has put together of the preparation, the hurricane, and the response to one of the worst disasters in American history.
Historian Brinkley (Tour of Duty, etc.) opens his detailed examination of the awful events that took place on the Gulf Coast late last summer by describing how a New Orleans animal shelter began evacuating its charges at the first notice of the impending storm. The Louisiana SPCA, Brinkley none too coyly points out, was better prepared for Katrina than the city of New Orleans. It's groups like the SPCA, as well as compassionate citizens who used their own resources to help others, whom Brinkley hails as heroes in his heavy, powerful account"and, unsurprisingly, authorities like Mayor Ray Nagin, Gov. Kathleen Blanco and former FEMA director Michael C. Brown whom he lambastes most fiercely. The book covers August 27 through September 3, 2005, and uses multiple narrative threads, an effect that is disorienting but appropriate for a book chronicling the helter-skelter environment of much of New Orleans once the storm had passed, the levees had been breached, and the city was awash in "toxic gumbo." Naturally outraged at the damage wrought by the storm and worsened by the ill-prepared authorities, Brinkley, a New Orleans resident, is generally levelheaded, even when reporting on Brown's shallow e-mails to friends while "the trapped were dying" or recounting heretofore unreported atrocities, such as looters defecating on property as a mark of empowerment. Photos. (May)
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This should be required reading!!!! The real story behind Hurricane Katrina, the politics, the people, and the TRUTH!Published 1 month ago by ColoradoCat
very thorough and educational read of life after Katrina. residents beware: if told to leave you should leave.Published 1 month ago by R. Davis
Good read but heavy on the personal stories while I wanted a more technical focusPublished 1 month ago by Craig Barham
Well written. Different point of view, from those who lived it. Long but really interesting.Published 1 month ago by andy bortel
It is difficult to imagine the depth of the ineptitude that surrounded the response to Katrina on the part of government-both local and nationally. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dana McReynolds
This is an excellent book. I keep up with the news, so I knew damage wise Katrina was bad and all the TV footage was showing just how overwhelming it was. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stephen Schuerger
This book provides an uncensored account of what the people of New Orleans went through. Not for the faint of heart. Excellent.Published 5 months ago by gidget389
An incredible account of the most incredible flood ever. Thousands of details that never made the national media.Published 5 months ago by Joybelle