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Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six Paperback – August 17, 2010
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I read a lot of books that give important insight into how things got to be this way, why they are the way they are, why what makes some inequalities so dang persistent. This book *does* give important histories in this respect, but it also points us forward. And not speculatively--there's real change happening, and this book shows us where, how, and why.
This book is of particular interest to those who understand the importance of reckoning with the vital questions raised by the history, present, and future of New Orleans. In other words, this is a book for all of us. The writing style is engaging and breezy even as it is serious. I am using this book in my college courses this year (I'm a professor), and I think it would make an excellent addition to any syllabus in American studies, gender and sexuality studies, sociology, political science, or ethnic studies. I'm excited to share with my students some concrete answers to those questions they always ask: what are we supposed to *do*???
Where Zeitoun zoomed in on New Orleans with a very personal, Katrina-filtered lens, Floodlines pulls the camera back to show the bigger picture, and it's not always a pretty one. The two books complement each other well and should be read together as they offer the slightest glimmers of hope that something good might eventually come from a disaster whose enormity and repercussions are still difficult to fully grasp.
An inspiring "must read" for activists, scholars, organizers, NOLA residents, those impacted by Katrina or other natural disasters, those impacted by systemic and institutional oppression, and those who are curious about the vibrant community of New Orleans.
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A definite point of view, but I respect it. Well chosen storiesPublished 16 months ago by Gail B. Goldman
Your top 10 books to read list should include Floodlines, by Jordan Flaherty. The book is a masterpiece, a must read for anyone who wants to know the hard truths buried beneath... Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by TNRadio
I was forced to read this book for a class I am taking, and the thing that really ticked me off was that the book was messed up because of the publisher. Read morePublished on December 2, 2010 by amillergirl