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Katrina's Secrets: Storms After The Storm Paperback – June 22, 2011
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If you're seeking a window into Nagin's twisted mind, read this book. But if it's the facts you're interested in, I suggest looking elsewhere.
Your book is not a good read. You claim to have emergency management experience but you have demonstrated through the written word that you didn't learn a thing. The outcome may have been different had you let the emergency managers do thier jobs.
I'm guessing that you decided against proofreading based on the number of errors. I found them annoying.
The inference was made that everyone outside of the mayor's officer is racist. Ray did you promote that? You refer to a character in the story as a real brother. Sorry but what respect I had for the author has tanked.
All summed, the book is terrible and the message is even worse.
This is a book of fiction, people. The truths exist only in the mind of C. Ray Nagin. I know...I was there. I am still here. And I know how badly my mental condition was affected by this catastrophic event. The difference is that I would trust a publisher to "fact check" me and ensure I told the truth...not self publish a delusional diatribe.
New Orleanians have always wanted to solve the mystery of what happened to the mayor's sanity after Katrina hit and the floodwalls failed, and now Nagin himself leads us down the tortuous pathways of his mind in altverse New Orleans. In this version, Nagin's a hero and a leader of men instead of Mayor Missing-in-action, as we remember him, cowering in the downtown Hyatt while people suffered and died at the Superdome, and buses that could have transported refugees sat unusable in the floodwaters because no one had planned ahead.
But I don't want to give too much away, and there's no way I could improve on the momentous prose of the pre-sale book description, which lays out how Nagin's Katrina experience might have been in a parallel dimension: "Gaining a firm grasp on the highly complex, famously fraught aftermath of Hurricane Katrina can seem as tenuous as its victims' shaky grasp on survival. One man, then Mayor C. Ray Nagin, was the metaphoric eye of the storm. ..."
I mean BRILLIANT Bulwer-Lytton, yes? If you've ever seen the Louis Wain cat paintings that chronicle the artist's descent into schizophrenia, you've read this book; nothing could be farther from reality than this entertaining read. You can't put it down, because the cheap binding has some sort of foul-smelling gluey component that's activated when you pick it up. The thing just will not come off, in fact, and I'm about to check out the ER to see what they can do about that.
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The book was basically in the condition I expected. Shipping took a little longer than expected but well within the expectations represented by Amazon. Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by Frank Bowers
C. Ray Nagin gives a detailed story of his life growing up and background, and the events before, during, and after the storm. Often times I found myself feeling like I was there. Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by Sandra Thomas
His story is so interesting and very well told. I could barely put it down until it was finished. I recommend to anyone.Published on December 21, 2012 by Jennifer
I actually really enjoyed the book, it lays out one mans Katrina from a unique albeit understandbly bias perspective. Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by cghome
Although I followed this news story closely and have watched several documentaries on it, this book shed a whole new light on it. Read morePublished on September 22, 2011 by Reed
You had to live this event to know that what he is saying is not fiction. I enjoyed reading the book. Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by Flowers