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- Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
- Publication Date: October 13, 2009
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000GCFX5Y
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I was surprised to find for the most part an accurate rendering of the facts. It did gloss over some events but that is expected due to formatting restraints.
I liked the fact that it chronicled the whole Gulf Coast and not just New Orleans. The way the author explains each vignette is great for the reader unfamiliar with New Orleans, its politics or quirky ways. The main players were people I knew and Mr. Brinkley accurately portrays them.
You hardly ever hear about the people with a plan. And it is rarer if they use it. The coastal smaller parishes got it and prepared for the Big One. Likewise heroes are seldom acknowledged. Big or small the writer took time to point out some of these unsung champions.
The book is well written but does ramble at times. The author flip-flops back and forth on the timeline. The photos were good but were poorly placed. Still it is a book worth reading.
I agree with Bishop Paul Morton... Nagin is "A white man in black skin." His aspirations were to rise up the political ladder. When he told Bush we were all evacuated, he left us to die. I'm surprised he was never called to account for his lack of planning and action.
So for an accurate account of those horrible days up and down the Gulf Coast, this is the book for you.
This was a catastrophic natural disaster of monumental proportions, and Douglas Brinkley brings all of the elements to the surface for you the reader to see and experience. It could well serve as a textbook for the study of this storm.
The bottom line though is how do you write words that tell the story of Katrina? Words fail. Only emotion works.
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Nevertheless Brinkley does a good job of keeping your attention all the way through as the drama unfolds.
Must be worth a follow-up book on where the town stands now and what happened to all those poor people who had to suffer through no fault of their own.
A must read, and lets hope lessons have been learnt to prevent it happening again with the next natural disaster.