One year after Hurricane Katrina swept through the Gulf Coast, Douglas Brinkley pens a thorough no-holds-barred accounting of the story behind the headlines and sound bites. Anyone from first-responders to everyday citizens can learn from the multitude of mistakes and indecision in one of the centuries largest natural disasters that grew exponentially from human error. If you thought the visual images of corpses floating in flood waters in New Orleans was graphic, this book drills so deep into the indifference to human suffering, you pray for those lost, praise the Coast Guard and loose faith in some of our fellow Americans.
The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast by Douglas Brinkley, HarperCollins, 2006, ISBN 13:978-0-06-112423-5,10:0-06-112423-0, Hardcover, 685 Pages, $29.95 is expertly written by an New Orleans author, Tulane University professor and long-term resident. Brinkley lays out the events that created the larger man-made catastrophe than the one nature created, named Katrina. Allowing the facts and first-hand accounts to tell this true but incomprehensible story of how government at all levels failed the American taxpayers, property owners, residents and their relatives of an area covering 90,000 square miles, makes this book one of the best non-fiction page-turners in the last ten years. A must read for anyone who believes that their government is prepared to protect them in a cataclysmic event.
Chapter titles include:Ignoring the Inevitable, Shouts and Whispers, Storm versus Shoreline, The Winds Come to Louisiana, What Was the Mississippi Gulf Coast, The Busted Levee Blues, “I've Been FEMA-ed", Water Rising, City Without Answers, The Smell of Death, Blindness, The Intense Irrationality of a Thursday, “It's Our Time Now", The Friday Shuffle and Saturday Relief, Getaway (or X Marks the Spot).
In addition to the chapters there author notes, a timeline, acknowledgements, and an index. Rarely can a non-fiction book make such an indelible impression on the reader as this book does in laying out all of the many developments and breakdowns, without glossing over or running from the grisly reality. If you're looking for an in-the-trenches recounting of the days leading up to and the event itself, the aftermath, this book is the insiders guide to the history of Katrina.
This book is recommended to any resident of the United States, historical readers, first responders, politicians or aspiring ones, and government officials who deal with disaster preparedness.
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