Katrina's Secrets by Ray Nagin
Storms after the Storm

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The book covers the first 30 days after the storm.
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REVISED EDITION: Gaining a firm grasp on the highly complex, famously fraught aftermath of Hurricane Katrina can seem as tenuous as its victims’ shaky grasp on survival. Mayor C. Ray Nagin was there during the city of New Orleans' darkest hours. Charged with assessing the forces that swirled around him, the city’s leader strove to maintain formidable calm in the face of the biggest natural and man-made disaster in America’s history. That is, until he simply could not. Nagin’s first-hand account, Katrina’s Secrets: Storms after the Storm lays out the days leading up to and immediately following the storm. At once stirringly elegiac and disarmingly candid, this spellbinding reckoning delivers exacting detail, while boldly exposing secrets that, until now, have been glossed over or spun out. Nagin’s team confronted thousands of calls pleading for rescue; politicos more keen to pose for photos than to pose solutions; broken promises from FEMA; the violent Superdome; and the controversial acts of some police. When he at last broke down in a radio interview, the world cried with him. Clear and compassionate, the author illuminates the magnitude of the efforts undertaken in response to the lives that hung in the balance and the actions taken to restore New Orleans to its rightful luster. Katrina’s Secrets also provides crucial context of race and class to shed new and unnerving light on how the events played out. Throughout the searing narrative, Nagin’s deep love of his native city shines through like a beacon in the treacherous, storm-tossed night. Any reader dumbfounded by the fallout of Katrina will cling to every graceful, gutsy page of this heartbreaking ode to a place like no other, and its breathtaking comeback. Katrina’s Secrets is certain to give ample pause for thought—and cause to act.

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C. Ray Nagin was born in New Orleans' Charity Hospital. He grew up in the inner city, graduating from the public school system. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Tuskegee Institute and a Masters of Business Administration from Tulane University. After a very successful career in corporate America, he entered the New Orleans mayoral race in 2002 and was elected the sixtieth Mayor of New Orleans. His administration initiated progressive policies that focused on transparency, fiscal accountability, and technological enhancement. They eliminated back-to-back budget deficits, significantly reduced poverty levels, facilitated billions in infrastructure projects, and launched a highly acclaimed city website. In August 2005, Nagin ordered the first-ever mandatory evacuation before Hurricane Katrina directly hit New Orleans. Prior to holding public office, he worked with a great team to transform Cox Communications' local operations into one of its most profitable assets. He is married to Seletha Smith Nagin, and they have three children, Jeremy, Jarin and Tianna.
Published December 1, 2013 by C. Ray Nagin. 280 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Aug 12 2011

An affecting firsthand account of a mayor trying to pull his city back from the brink.

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Reviewed by Oren Dorell on Jun 20 2011

The book covers the first 30 days after the storm.

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