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

Paperback | July 31, 2007

byDouglas Brinkley

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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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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, whi...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:768 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.57 inPublished:July 31, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061148490

ISBN - 13:9780061148491

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Powerful Recount of Powerful Storm Amazing analysis of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its utter devastation of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. From bumbling FEMA rescuers to a city bound for disaster with below sea-level topography, the book reads like a sopa-opera of folly. Hopefully, New Orleans will rebuild but the spectre of the next hurricane is just around the corner. For a 700 plus page book, it reads fast and furious. Must read.
Date published: 2008-05-23

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“If you’ve grown numb to the horror of Katrina, this will wake you up. It’s a stirring and important book.”