The Great Deluge

Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Recommended by Gary Rivlin, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #10 in New Orleans, Ranked #74 in Weather

In the span of five violent hours on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed major Gulf Coast cities and flattened 150 miles of coastline. But it was only the first stage of a shocking triple tragedy. On the heels of one of the three strongest hurricanes ever to make landfall in the United States came the storm-surge flooding, which submerged a half-million homes—followed by the human tragedy of government mismanagement, which proved as cruel as the natural disaster itself.

In The Great Deluge, bestselling author Douglas Brinkley finds the true heroes of this...

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Gary Rivlin It’s just this amazing snapshot. What Brinkley did so well is capture this remarkable, awful, surreal week in the life of the Gulf Coast. The storm surge hit and destroyed a lot of homes in Biloxi, Gulfport, places in Mississippi along the coast, the ‘Redneck Riviera,’ as some sarcastically call it. So he tells both stories at once. He had a team of people helping him do these interviews and he captured a cross-section of what life was like. He recreates what happened in the Convention Centre, the Superdome [venues where survivors congregated and conditions deteriorated]. He’s an academic,... (Source)

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