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The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf…

by Douglas Brinkley

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  Lemeritus | Mar 30, 2013 |
Brinkley is a respected historian and he lives in New Orleans - two important elements that give his book credibility. Very readable book due to his writing style and to his approach of focusing on very human stories. I've traveled to New Orleans very frequently, both before and after the storm. I've heard many Katrina stories, although New Orleanians have long since moved on - especially now that Nagin is gone. They're great people down there. With all the stories i've heard, I never knew or understood the depths of suffering they experienced until I read Brinkley's book. ( )
  cmaese | Feb 2, 2013 |
A heavy one to embark on, but it is well-written and exposes/highlights many truths of the day leading up to and the weeks following the biggest natural disaster in American history, Hurricane Katrina. Well documented, researched, and organized, Brinkley answers many questions people may about the Katrina and response from the city, state, and national response. This is the 2006 version; however, I know an updated 2009 version came out which may have some updated evidence, follow-up interviews, or additional information in the following years. I would keep this on my shelves for students inquiring about the events of K or for those who are working on a research project. ( )
  apandrow | Nov 14, 2012 |
I am not a fan of Douglas Brinkley for some probably petty reasons but I did enjoy this book. I've wanted to read it for years so was glad to finally have a chance. ( )
  emcelroy | Apr 5, 2012 |
I wouldn't call it delicious irony, but it's pretty ironic that we're bracing for a hurricane to hit the East Coast and I've just finished Douglas Brinkley's The Great Deluge, a recounting of the horrors following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 (today being just a few days shy of the six year anniversary of the event). Visiting New Orleans just this past month prompted my interest in the subject, where swaths of still-unoccupied or still-damaged row houses dominate the landscape in sections of the Treme, Marigny, and other neighborhoods.

Covering a week-long period that involves days before and after the Hurricane's landfall, Brinkley documents the ineptitude of government officials and inability of government institutions to take charge that led to the "federally-induced disaster" as locals have taken to describing it. The void of responsibility was filled by the man-on-the-street who took it upon themselves to help out those in need, with a myriad of examples provided by Brinkley. Told in a style that deftly balances finger-pointing with a recounting of compassionate deeds, Brinkley has written an immensely important contribution to the literature of natural and government-induced disasters. ( )
  mikewick | Sep 8, 2011 |
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Bestselling historian Douglas Brinkley, a professor at Tulane University, lived through the destruction of Hurricane Katrina with his fellow New Orleans residents, and now in The Great Deluge he has written one of the first complete accounts of that harrowing week, which sorts out the bewildering events of the storm and its aftermath, telling the stories of unsung heroes and incompetent officials alike. Get a sample of his story--and clarify your own memories--by looking through the detailed timeline he has put together of the preparation, the hurricane, and the response to one of the worst disasters in American history.

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An account of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation it left in New Orleans and across the Gulf Coast documents the events and repercussions of the tragedy and its aftermath and the ongoing crisis confronting the region.

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