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Reads like a thriller - if only it was.
on October 4, 2006
There are several books out about Hurricane Katrina and the response, but none of them have the tremendously powerful "you are there" feeling of this book. Jed Horne writes the facts from the ground, detailing people who were there and how they survived.
Horne details expertly how people reacted as their neighborhoods started flooding, how they managed (or did not manage) to get to the Superdome, what went wrong there, how the response was mismanaged, and gives excellent insights into what went wrong and what should happen next. The chapter detailing how the interns at Charity Hospital survived and cared for their patients during the power outages and flooding is particularly powerful.
As I said in my title, the book reads like a thriller. There are some portions where he describes the power of the floods, people dying, and the terrible response and you think that this would make a terrific fictional movie. It's hard to believe it happened, and Horne's book is a stirring account of the hurricane and its aftermath. I highly recommend this book.