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Katrina's Secrets: Storms After The Storm Paperback – June 22, 2011
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C. Ray Nagin was born in New Orleans' Charity Hospital. He grew up in the inner city, graduating from the public school system. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Tuskegee Institute and a Masters of Business Administration from Tulane University. After a very successful career in corporate America, he entered the New Orleans mayoral race in 2002 and was elected the sixtieth Mayor of New Orleans. His administration initiated progressive policies that focused on transparency, fiscal accountability, and technological enhancement. They eliminated back-to-back budget deficits, significantly reduced poverty levels, facilitated billions in infrastructure projects, and launched a highly acclaimed city website. In August 2005, Nagin ordered the first-ever mandatory evacuation before Hurricane Katrina directly hit New Orleans. Prior to holding public office, he worked with a great team to transform Cox Communications' local operations into one of its most profitable assets. He is married to Seletha Smith Nagin, and they have three children, Jeremy, Jarin and Tianna.
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I was very curious to see what approach Ray Nagin was going to take on "his" version of Katrina. Let me just say I had a difficult time getting to the end of the book, because it was clear Ray Nagin was trying harder to repair his image than to tell the truth about what happened. After everything that I have read over the last half decade about Katrina, after everything that I have seen about Katrina, and after reading multiple points of view from the leaders involved; it is clear Ray Nagin is attempting with this book to paint himself as a victim and not a man who is partially responsible for the misery that was brought to New Orleans.
He does his very best to paint George W. Bush as the villain in the Katrina situation which is far from the truth. The federal government has admitted that there were things they could have done better, but Nagin forgets to mention that Gov. Kathleen Blanco denied Pres. Bush authorization to bring the National Guard into the state (which is required by law). He also fails to mention that Pres. Bush went on national television and national radio two days prior to the hurricane, and pleaded with the people to get out of the city since Nagin and Blanco refused to do it themselves. He does acknowledge that the busing system they used failed, but that is a small detail in the scheme of things.
I want to also add that he does not apologize for the multiple races remarks he has made against the Hispanic and White communities over the years, or the fact that he wants New Orleans to be a "brown town only" (his words not mine).
Bottom line I can not recommend this book to anyone.
On the other hand, here was an individual who was thrust into the world limelight with competing forces having to stand up to the President of the U.S., the Governor, and the media, bearing his soul about where he took his first dump, about his true feelings (even if they sound paranoid) about possibly being drugged and/or bugged by the C.I.A. When one goes through such a stressful time, we often turn to prayer, group think, rumor mongering, and picking at straws to try and find an answer. This book definitely has it's faults but it's useful to walk in the shoes of another person before passing judgement about them.
Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"
In fact the Rove treatment of Nagin and character assassination that followed his radio plea still has me baffled, but I guess not surprised. Nagin's was the only authentic & uncalculating voice during that whole fiasco. He single-handedly turned the tide on the disaster response -- and then on Bush's presidency.
and climbing. As the criticism of it also climbs, its profiting from a tragedy will draw comparisons
with that of "If I Did It" by O.J. Simpson.