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The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Paperback – Bargain Price, July 31, 2007
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Five of Dr. Brinkley's books have been selected as New York Times "Notable Books of the Year": Dean Acheson: The Cold War Years(1992), Driven Patriot: The Life and Times of James Forrestal, with Townsend Hoopes (1992), The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter's Journey Beyond the White House (1998), Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company and a Century of Progress (2003), and The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2006).
Five of his most recent publications have become New York Times best-sellers: The Reagan Diaries, (2007), The Great Deluge (2006), The Boys of Pointe du Hoc: Ronald Reagan, D-Day and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion (2005), Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War (2004) and Voices of Valor: D-Day: June 6, 1944 with Ronald J. Drez (2004). The Great Deluge (2006), was the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy prize and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book award.
Before coming to Rice, Dr. Brinkley served as Professor of History and Director of the Roosevelt Center at Tulane University in New Orleans. From 1994 until 2005 he was Stephen E. Ambrose Professor of History and Director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans. During his tenure there he wrote two books with the late Professor Ambrose: Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938 (1997) and The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation: From the Louisiana Purchase to Today (2002). On the literary front, Dr. Brinkley has edited Jack Kerouac's diaries, Hunter S. Thompson's letters and Theodore Dreiser's travelogue. His work on civil rights includes Rosa Parks (2000) and the forthcoming Portable Civil Rights Reader.
He won the Benjamin Franklin Award for The American Heritage History of the United States (1998) and the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Naval History Prize for Driven Patriot (1993). He was awarded the Business Week Book of the Year Award for Wheels for the World and was also named 2004 Humanist of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. He has received honorary doctorates from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Dr. Brinkley is contributing editor for Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Book Review and American Heritage. A frequent contributor to the New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly, he is also a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Century Club. In a recent profile, the Chicago Tribune deemed him "America's new past master."
Forthcoming publications include The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the crusade for America and a biography of Walter Cronkite.
He lives in Austin and Houston, Texas with his wife and three children.
Top Customer Reviews
Some of Brinkleys accounts needlessly border on the melodramatic. There was no extra drama that needed to be added to the actual and factual accounts of what happened to New Orleans. The human tragedy speaks for itself. Readers will experience many layers of feelings as they read the book. You'll shed tears over the loss of life, be angered by the poor response from all factions, and rejoice in the triumph of spirit in how the people endured, and how hard rescuers worked.
Brinkley successfully avoids falling into politicizing this disaster and no one who reads the book thoughtfully can accuse him of having an agenda other than wanting to tell the true story. Thankfully he is smart enough to let so many of those directly involved...the survivors...and the rescuers...tell their own stories. The various running narratives, and 700 plus pages can make it a bit of a chore at times to follow but this is a story that needed to be told and told truthfully.
Having now read the book, I must verify through our own on-camera interviews with many of the same individucals (such as Mayor Nagin, Governor Blanco, former Fema Director Michael Brown), that Douglas' reported accounts have merit. The information was taken directly from those who were in the best position to opine. Yes it is true that others have different perspectives, but we have yet to see any evidence that dispute the accruracy of the content of The Great Deluge.
As a fellow New Orleanian who also worked to chronical the events in as much of a contemporaneous manner as possible, I wish to congradulate Douglas Brinkley on his efforts. I further strongly recommend The Great Deluge.
Cutting through the governmental cover-ups, deception and lies, Brinkley gets to the heart of the matter in this refreshingly honest and straight forward account of what was really happening at the time. Brinkley allows the reader to share the human ordeals of the true heroes as he recounts the personal experiences of Coast Guard and Wildlife & Fisheries personnel, and citizen first responders. These are their stories as seen through their eyes and told in their own words.
Unafraid to hold accountable those still in power, The Great Deluge allows the reader to escape the masterful spin of FEMA and The Bush Administration as well as attempts to hide Ray Nagin's mental breakdown during the Cresent City's most crucial hours.
Thank-you, Mr. Brinkley. You have given your city, country, and state one of the greatest gifts they could receive, the truth.
The opening portion of the book describes how the Louisiana SPCA efficiently evacuated hundreds of animals well in advance of the storm. The subtle message? A small private organization made up mostly of volunteers had a coherent and effective evacuation plan, but the government did not.
More than just a recitation of what happened, Brinkley describes at length the history of New Orleans, particularly with respect to more than a century of attempting to protect the city from flooding. He also covers the gradual coastal erosion that made New Orleans much more vulnerable to catastrophic flooding. This helps the reader better understand why the city flooded when Katrina hit.
As the title notes, Brinkley also covers the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which was so often lost in media reports at the time, partly due to lack of access to those areas and also due to the large scale drama unfolding at the same time in New Orleans.
This is an important book. The details of this chapter in American history need to be accurately recorded for ourselves and for future generations. Brinkley has succeeded in doing just that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Long and windy like it's topic. Took me about 6 months to get through this - due to meticulous footnoting and research.Published 10 days ago by ItsTheMom
I am an avid reader of all books about Hurricane Katrina, and of the volumes I have read, The Great Deluge has been the best read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Catherine L. Hurston
It's interesting reading, but nothing that you couldn't have read in the newspapers of the time. I think the most interesting portions have to do with the corrupt politics that... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Susannah L. Sulzman
An incredible story of what went on during Katrina and what roles the players, including heroes and villains, citizens and government employees, and the victims themselves. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael F. Weatherby
Brinkley makes Hurricane Katrina live as it ravaged Louisana, Mississippi and Alabama, with special attention to New Orleans that bore the brunt of the storm. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dwight West
This book makes one feel as though you were there witnessing the terrible event yourself. Heartbreaking and fascinating at the same time.Published 4 months ago by Marianne A McFarlin
Book came quickly, in really new condition, just as stated. Also, mesmerizing story. Recommend both seller and book!Published 4 months ago by Bellajack