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5.0 out of 5 stars a straightforward book that puts the reader there., October 4, 2006
This review is from: Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City (Hardcover)
I feel this book gives a unique perspective from someone who has the skills to relay the story in a readable fashion. As a person who is living in Baton Rouge, I can tell you what he says is more straightforward than most of the stories and articles I've read and heard to date.
What I can add to his story is this: some of the reason why many did not leave New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina that nobody has mentioned so far. Within a year and a half prior to the Katrina, New Orleans citizens had been asked to evacuate the city no less than (approximately) three times because of other storms that had appeared to be heading to the city, but at the last minute had taken a different track. To evacuate this often is an expensive and difficult thing to do for folks living paycheck to paycheck with limited income. Hurricane Katrina was just one of the many "storms of the century" that appeared to be making a beeline for New Orleans. Other storms, including Hurricane Ivan, had turned at the last moment. Several years of this, including one storm just some years ago which had the same potential as Katrina, but as it made landfall dropped from a category 3 to a category 1 (or 2, I can't remember which)-can cause many folks to begin to ignore the message. Many folks were under the impression this was just another over-calculation by the authorities. After all, they had dodged the bullet many many times in the last thirty-odd years.

After Hurricane Katrina moved out of Louisiana and the winds begin to drop and with the power out, a friend and I ventured forth to find a store or drive thru open to get something to eat. It was then we noticed a number of folks in cars packed to the gills with their belongings and kids parked at closed gas stations or wherever they could find some type of cover or protection from the rain and winds. We realized then many of these folks had jumped in their cars and fled their homes during the early hours of the storm, only to find shelters filled and the winds too strong to drive once they pulled into Baton Rouge. It was some time later when many folks found out they didn't have a home to return to. And that in some cases, they had fled at the very last minute before the flood waters. Others simply waited too late. Like the story of Chicken Little or The Boy Who Cried Wolf, what was said may happen, finally happened. Sadly, by then, many were no longer listening.

This book by Mr. Horne is the best so far I've read (regarding the events before, during and after Hurricane Katrina). It is a book I am recommending to out-of-state (and in state) friends and family. He puts the picture in the mind of the reader and gives a first hand perspective of the experience of those who were most effected by Hurricane Katrina.
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