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Save your money andwatch the documentary "When the Levees Broke"
on March 14, 2017
Don't quite know where to begin.....this book left a lot to be desired in my opinion. I tired very quickly from seeing the word "refugees" when referencing those who were displaced during and after the storm. I'd even go so far as to say that race may have been a factor in how or when the word was used, both here in the book and in the media. Not only were the citizens failed at every level; local, federal, and state but they weren't even granted the dignity of being recognized as US citizens. I also took offense to the frequent use of the word "looters". As portrayed in the media and in this book, the poorer class were looters, those who weren't of that class were referenced as "pilferers" or "commandeers"....please. I dare not say that looting not occur, we all know that it did, but I sensed that it was overkill.
Undoubtedly the real heroes of this real life story was the National Guard and the everyday citizens of LA. They took it upon themselves to take care of themselves and their neighbors.
At times I found the book hard to follow because the author jumped from one day to another, quite redundant at times also. Save your money and watch the documentary "When the Levees Broke". A greater account, in my opinion, of what happened that godforsaken week that we as Americans should never forget.