The Great Deluge by Douglas Brinkley
Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast

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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.


About Douglas Brinkley

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Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. The Chicago Tribune has dubbed him "America's new past master," and six of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. His recent The Wilderness Warrior won the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature and the National Outdoor Book Award. The Great Deluge, his account of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three children.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 768 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Historian Brinkley (Tour of Duty , etc.) opens his detailed examination of the awful events that took place on the Gulf Coast late last summer by describing how a New Orleans animal shelter began evacuating its charges at the first notice of the impending storm.

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USA Today

Douglas Brinkley's account of the natural and man-made disasters that were Hurricane Katrina indicts three public officials he holds most responsible for the chaos that followed the storm.The Great Deluge blames "the incompetence of George W.

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Written by a history professor at Tulane who himself is a resident of New Orleans, the book features nearly 50 pages of footnotes detailing dozens and dozens of interviews.

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what Brinkley refers to as “a chain of failures.” The failures included everything from FEMA’s legendary ineptitude and outright lies about aid that never materialized to New Orleans police officers blithely ignoring (and even unaccountably threatening) citizens in distress to one particularly pa...

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Bookmarks Magazine

The Great Deluge spans one of the most destructive weeks in American history—between August 27, 2005, the day before Hurricane Katrina pounded the Gulf Coast, and September 3, when the people whose suffering had become the source of national shame were finally being evacuated from a flooded New O...

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