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There Is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster: Race, Class, and Hurricane Katrina

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There is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster is the first comprehensive critical book on the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans. The disaster will go down on record as one of the worst in American history, not least because of the government s inept and cavalier response. But it is also a huge story for other reasons; the impact of the hurricane was un ...more
Paperback, 311 pages
Published August 21st 2006 by Routledge
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Tinea
Jan 22, 2008 Tinea rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who want Katrina broken down and explained point by point
If you only read one book about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, this might be the one you should choose.

Each chapter explores in depth one aspect of the Gulf Coast before, during, and after the hurricane. After reading almost exclusively Katrina books & articles for the past month or two, I was surprised to find three very different chapters especially insightful: One on the much discussed topic of race, the one on the overlooked issue of the storm's impact on the elderly (holy shit),
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Emma Biegacki
Hartman's compilation of essays on Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath is a must-read for anyone interested in the roles politics, economy, and race can play in disaster relief. True to its title, "There Is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster," dives into the intricacies of the federal government's response to the crisis in New Orleans and surrounding communities, exposing both eloquently and mercilessly the ways in which poverty, color, and location influenced the fate of thousands. This is als ...more
Anne
An interesting discussion of the purpose and challenges of oral history. A critic of the media coverage of the aftermath of the hurricanes. The most useful essay was the one that deals with age and the elderly.
Sarju
a must read book for all those who wants to understand how disaster can affect people of different backgrounds in one of the most developed country in the world 'America'.
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Chester Hartman, an urban planner and author, is Director of Research for the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (where he was founding Executive Director from 1989-2003) in Washington, DC, and Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Sociology, George Washington University. Prior to taking his present position, he was a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, and of the Transnational ...more
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