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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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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
The Great Deluge is an absolute tour de-force on one of the most shameful episodes in modern American history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter Patrick Smith
A really detailed book on what was happening in New Orleans during Katrina. Great to get a perspective outside of mass media.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Long and windy like it's topic. Took me about 6 months to get through this - due to meticulous footnoting and research.Published 5 months 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 9 months ago by Dwight West