The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast
First came the hurricane, one of the three stronges ...more
I had a vague understanding of what went down in New Orleans after Katrina hit, but after finishing this powerhouse history lesson by Brinkley, I realize I didn't know shit. I mean, what the fuck. Every other page filled me with disbelief. I can't even begin to establish all of the factors that led to all the destruction, mismanagement, neglect, and chaos. Factors such as the lac ...more
"The water didn't remind me of Vietnam," he said. "The dying did. Knowing people were dying and hearing stories and talking to people who were in the process of dying, who were going to die as soon as we hung up. That reminded me a lot of Vietnam. When the people c ...more
Wish there had been a map of the areas effected as I am not familiar with the regions. Getting out my atlas and checking the footnotes was tedious. Great historical read...now I may have to reread Issac's Storm again.
1) Why didn't Ray Nagin go to jail over his gross mismanagement of evacuation procedures in NOLA before and during the Katrina crisis? Instead, he holed up in the Hyatt, 24 stories above the greatest urban disaster this country has ever had, worrying about the political impact of every decision he could possibly make, and worrying that if he called for a mandatory evacuation that he would get sued by the hotel and tourism industry for lost revenue. ...more
Brinley, a New Orleanian himself, is able to humanize the story with numerous stories from those residents who endured the storm and its aftermath while at the same time laying out the logistics of the storm and governmental response through a myriad of interviews with weather ex ...more
I wanted to read just one good book on Katrina, which after all was the greatest disaster to befall an American city in almost a hundred years. Seems important to know about, so I looked around. This book got the most praise, the most awards, and the most blurbs, so I gave it a chance.
Besides being light on facts and heavy on judgmental analysis, the main problem with the book is that Brinkley seems eerily compelled to relate the life story of every single one of the hundreds o ...more
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This is an extremely long book (24 cassettes) that documents the entire week between the time Katrina was expected and warnings to leave New Orleans began to be heard, not from the mayor or the governor or the federal government though. We go through the hurricane, and then overwhelming flooding afterward, the horrendous conditions that p ...more
While it's nearly impossible to weather a natural disaster unscathed, the brunt of this colossal catastrophe could have been avoided if the politicians (from the Bush Administration to NOLA Mayor Nagin, and many of the police officers as well) had just been doing their job and looking out for their citizens. ...more
We all know the outcome of Katrina and New Orleans. Even so, there is a lot to be learned here about the response (or lack of same) to the next disaster and the dangers of a disinterested, disengaged bureaucracy (and President) mixing with local politics and ineptitude. ...more
Professor of history and director of the Roosevelt Center at Tulane University, Douglas Brinkley, whose previous efforts include The Boys of Pointe du Hoc and The Majic Bus, brings an historical and personal perspective to bear on one of the first books to detail the Katrina disaster. Some critics point out factual errors and editorial lapses that detract from the author's valuable story, and Diane Jennings writes that Brinkley's book "will be among the earliest, but not among the best, books ab...more
While not the visceral shock that bran ...more
The author is a journalist and tells the story of Katrina and NOLA through stories of people: people who stepped up to the plate and sacrificed their lives to save others; people who cracked un ...more