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Deadly Indifference

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Former Under Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Brown-infamously praised by President George W. Bush for doing a "heckuva job" in the wake of Hurricane Katrina-tells his side of the response to one of the greatest natural disasters to occur in the United States. Without making excuses for anyone, Brown describes in detail what turned out to be the largest federal respo ...more
ebook, 232 pages
Published June 16th 2011 by Taylor Trade Publishing (first published April 20th 2011)
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Tom Dye
At times throughout Deadly Indifference, the information about and the story of Katrina became particularly intriguing, even exciting for me to read. Unfortuneatly, those moments were too few. There was a lot of repetition in this book, specifically the stating over and over again that Mayor Ray Nagin should have called for a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans. But in this regard, I believe Mr. Brown made his point particularly well. I suspect that if Mayor Nagin had ordered a mandatory evacuat ...more
Hurricane Katrina was the most destructive event in the history of the United States. There were 300,000 homes destroyed, one million people displaced, over 1,800 deaths, a cost of approximately $96 billion incurred, and damage was spread over a 93,000 square mile area, affecting Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, as well as causing the Mississippi River to flood areas of Ohio and Kentucky. Michael Brown points out in the book Deadly Indifference, that the area affected was a ...more
Brown was the Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the time of Hurricane Katrina. After being blamed by assorted Bush Administration figures for the federal response to the hurricane Brown decided to give his side of the story. He maintains that FEMA has gotten a bum rap and most of the problems were the result of local officials and their failure to order an evacuation until it was too late. Other problems ...more
This book wavers back and forth between being a unique, front-line perspective of Hurricane Katrina and it's aftermath, and a shameless apology and casting of blame by the author. For the most part I enjoyed the author's impartiality toward politicians, but overall Mr. Brown's 200 page attempt at absolving himself of any wrongdoing comes off as trite.
This is so horribly written and one sided I finally became too disgusted to continue reading.
Hope this is not a pro administration book during the time of Katrina.
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Michael D. Brown was Undersecretary of Homeland Security in the administration of President George W. Bush. A consultant and radio talk show host, he lives in Denver, Colorado."
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