The Great Deluge (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - History - 768 pages
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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 unparalleled catastrophe, and lets the survivors tell their own stories, masterly allowing them to record the nightmare that was Katrina.

  

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The history compels me, but the writing repels. - Goodreads
Well researched and detailed book! - Goodreads
Very comprehensive overview of the disaster - Goodreads
And according to his research, rightfully so. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Donna Burtwistle-Popplewell - Goodreads

This expose into the horrendous and cataclysmic event of Hurricane Katrina was riveting, terrifying, disgusting and inspirational. Douglas Brinkley has compiled impressive details that outline the ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Steven Spoelstra - Goodreads

A great book on a controversial natural disaster. Very personal. A page turner. Read full review

Contents

Ignoring the Inevitable
1
Shouts and Whispers
37
Storm vs Shoreline
71
The Winds Come to Louisiana
111
What Was the Mississippi Gulf Coast
147
The Busted Levee Blues
181
Water Rising
279
City Without Answers
331
The Intense Irrationality of a Thursday
451
Its Our Time Now
499
The Friday Shuffle and Saturday Relief
543
Getaway or X Marks the Spot
597
Timeline
625
Notes
639
Acknowledgments
679
Index
689

The Smell of Death
371
Blindness
409

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About the author (2009)

Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University, CBS News Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. The Chicago Tribune has dubbed him "America's new past master." Seven of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Cronkite won the Sperber Prize for Best Book in Journalism and was a Washington Post Notable Book of the Year 2012. The Great Deluge won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives in Texas with his wife and three children. Brinkley has been awarded honorary doctorates from Trinity College (Connecticut), University of Maine, Hofstra University, and Allegheny College, among many others.

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