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by Douglas Brinkley,Kyf Brewer


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The Great Deluge,’ captures the human toll of Katrina as graphically as the most vivid newspaper and . More dispassionate and analytical books will be written about Katrina, few will capture the human drama as well as Brinkley’s.

Doug Brinkley’s chronicle of Hurricane Katrina has a keen sense of history and context (Graydon Carter). riveting story (Cokie Roberts). Gov. Kathleen Blanco).

In The Great Deluge, bestselling author Douglas Brinkley, a New Orleans resident and professor of history at Tulane University, rips the story of Katrina apart and relates what the Category 3 hurricane was like from every point of view. The book finds the true heroes - such as Coast Guard officer Jimmy Duckworth and hurricane jock Tony Zumbado. Throughout the book, Brinkley lets the Katrina survivors tell their own stories, masterly allowing them to record the nightmare that was Katrina. The Great Deluge investigates the failure of government at every level and breaks important new stories.

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Includes bibliographical references and index. Ignoring the inevitable; August 27 (Saturday) - Shouts and whispers; August 27 (Saturday) - Storm vs. shoreline; August 28 (Sunday) - The winds come to Louisiana; August 28-29 (Sunday-Monday) - What.

Includes bibliographical references and index

The Great Deluge book. Brinkley has done a great service to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast to present this astonishing piece of American history.

The Great Deluge book. As angry and disgusted as Brinkley can come off at times (understandably), he gives equal parts of the narrative over to the first responders and citizen heroes of the Gulf Coast and New Orleans. Brinkley's beef is clearly with Mayor Nagin, Gov. Blanco, Michael Brown and Michael Chertoff of FEMA, some of the NOPD, and the Bush Administration. Hurricane Katrina was one of the most devastating storms in American history. Narrowly missing being a Category 5 hurricane and just skirting New Orleans to the east Katrina brought utter destruction. Пользовательский отзыв - VashonJim - LibraryThing. Good overall perspective, but there are quite a few factual errors in the book.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Hurricane Katrina-a possible Category 5 storm-was headed toward New Orleans and the shelter had a total population of 263 stray pets, ranging from boxers to Heinz 57 mutts and Siamese cats. All of them had to be evacuated. Each animal got its own digital picture shots, Maloney recalled.

Brinkley's book The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast is a record of the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast. The book won the 2007 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and was a Los Angeles Times book prize finalist. Stephen Ambrose, Brinkley's mentor at the University of New Orleans, called Brinkley "the best of the new generation of American historians. Brinkley and Ambrose had co-authored three books. Patrick Reardon of the Chicago Tribune called Brinkley America's "new past master. In addition, during the 2013 inauguration coverage, CNN referred to him as "a. The book finds the true heroes-such as Coast Guard officer Jimmy Duckworth, who oversaw the quick-thinking, lifesaving rescue efforts during the crucial first days of the crisis. And Tony Zumbado, the hurricane jock, who, in his role as an NBC videographer, first broke the stories of the anarchy at the convention center and the deaths at Memorial Hospital.

In the span of five violent hours on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed major Gulf Coast cities and flattened 150 miles of coastline. Yet those wind-torn hours represented only the first stage of the relentless triple tragedy that Katrina brought to the entire Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Mississippi to Alabama.

First was the hurricane, one of the three strongest ever to make landfall in the United States -- 150 mile per hour winds, with gusts measuring more than 180 miles per hour ripping buildings to pieces. Second, the storm-surge flooding, which submerged a half million homes, creating the largest refugee crisis since the Civil War. Eighty percent of New Orleans was under water, and whole towns in southeastern Louisiana ceased to exist. And third, the human tragedy of government mismanagement, which proved as cruel as the natural disaster itself.

In The Great Deluge, bestselling author Douglas Brinkley, a New Orleans resident and professor of history at Tulane University, rips the story of Katrina apart and relates what the category 3 hurricane was like from every point of view, while recognizing the true heroes.

Throughout the book, Brinkley lets the Katrina survivors tell their own stories, masterfully allowing them to record the nightmare that was Katrina. The Great Deluge investigates the failure of government at each level and breaks important new stories. Packed with interviews and original research, it traces the character flaws, inexperience, and ulterior motives that allowed the Katrina disaster to turn the Gulf Coast into a scene from a war movie or a third-world documentary.


Comments: (7)

Asyasya
The Great Deluge is an absolute tour de-force on one of the most shameful episodes in modern American history. I was reluctant to buy the book worried that (having been written by a history professor) it might not have the narrative flow to bring the various events and stories to life. I need not have worried, as Brinkley's writing style would do justice to Erik Larson and, on occasions, reminded me of Larson's own Isaac's Storm. This book should be required reading in our schools and in State and local government. It speaks to the power of Mother Nature, the incompetence of the administration in Washington DC (especially, Chertof at Homeland Security and Michael Brown at FEMA) and Mayor Nagin in New Orleans. It also tells the heroic stories of courage and survival by ordinary citizens, both from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast - and of those who came to the region to lend their help. Peter Smith
Quemal
I'm a survivor of the hell of the Dome and I wrote "Left to Die-A first-hand account of life in the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina." After seven years of nightmares, I'm finally able to read accounts of the events without becoming an emotional wreck. It was with enthusiasm that I read "The Great Deluge."

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.
Gholbirdred
Perhaps it’s because my parents lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast during Katrina - but had evacuated to Jackson, MS before the hurricane hit - or perhaps it’s because of my long history with the city of New Orleans, but by the time I read this book, Katrina and all her related circumstances were firmly seared into my memory. I do admit I didn’t know (or remember) how woefully unprepared New Orleans and the surrounding areas were for the event; nor did I know of the hundreds of angels who worked tirelessly to save people. But I have to say that after a while, the story-after-story narrative grew tiresome. I mean no disrespect to the book itself, just that it is told dispassionately and somehow I wanted more from it. I guess this points to the fact that this is a history book, not an opinion piece. If you want the former, you’ll be satisfied. If you want the latter, you won’t be.

The bottom line though is how do you write words that tell the story of Katrina? Words fail. Only emotion works.
Madis
I am an avid reader of all books about Hurricane Katrina, and of the volumes I have read, The Great Deluge has been the best read. It really gives points of view of all parties involved, and even though the length initially worried me, I couldn't put it down. For those of us who lived near and through this storm and its effects, this book is the real story and puts to rest a lot of rumors that have circulated for the ten years since the event.
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.
Barit
This is an excellent book. I keep up with the news, so I knew damage wise Katrina was bad and all the TV footage was showing just how overwhelming it was. It's a miracle there were no epidemics of cholera or typhoid from people wading in that water and having to live and sleep in those polluted conditions. Not to mention the fever epidemics that accompany standing, putrid waters, high temperatures and breeding mosquitoes. The political shenanigans were totally ridiculous and unforgivable. FEMA needs to be torn apart and begun over from scratch. I never thought creating one master agency to oversee all the agencies was really smart. Each agency has it's own way of working and totally different objectives. Each needs to be responsible in it's own right for it's own specialty work. Instead they fight among each other for control and things get left undone until everything is out of hand. Why can't FEMA get it's act together on spot. If there is an F5 tornado with no warning everybody in the area gets together and gets started with rescue, food,water, supplies, and shelters. FEMA sneaks in on the coat tails of the local, state, regional, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and Church Volunteers. They have not cleaned up their act yet. The job they performed in Superstorm Sandy wasn't any better. They can blame that on racism or poorly trained or unprofessional firemen and EMS. Nor could they dump on poor well meaning local and state officials who did their jobs. They coped when hit with the unexpected too. FEMA needs to clean up and get their act together. I am glad I read this book. There is a lot of food for thought in it. Who are we voting for? What is their true past record? Will they truly work in our best interests?
The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast download epub
Americas
Author: Douglas Brinkley,Kyf Brewer
ISBN: 0061128945
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio; Abridged edition (June 13, 2006)