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Professor Brinkley perfectly captures all of this and surrounds it with the most meticulously well-researched history of the buildup and aftermath of Katrina. There are many fantastic and moving books that have come out in the wake of Katrina (Chris Rose' '1 Dead In Attic' in particular), but this is by far the most comprehensive as it not only covers the history of the disaster and the federal response, but keeps the narrative with the people forced to endure while the world watched. This book will, and I do not exaggerate on this at all, make you angry, make you cry, and give you hope all at the same time. Because of years of neglect and lethal indifference from those in power, we almost lost our most unique city. Luckily, there is a spirit in New Orleans that is part of what makes the city so special, and despite everything, the city works every day to pull itself back up. This book should be required classroom reading for decades to come.
Re-Cover, Re-Build, Re-New Orleans
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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
Point of view from a displaced evacuee in Amarillo, TX
posted by Anonymous on June 2, 2006Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 20, 2006
If you suffered through Katrina and her aftermath, you'll suffer anew when you read this book. It is a thoroughly bad piece of writing so full of factual errors and editorializing that one hesitates to call it history-or scholarship. To those of us who know New Orleans, the Gulf Coast, and the actual people named (sometimes incorrectly) in this book, this is one more insult tossed our way, to be added to the harm done in the wake of this tragedy. New Orleans and the Gulf Coast deserve better.
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Posted May 10, 2006
A biased, political attack disguised as 'reporting'
Page after page (I received an advance copy) is Brinkley's own personal take on post-Katrina New Orleans. Where he was, what he saw, and who he didn't see. It's the last item, who Brinkley didn't see, that seems to have troubled him the most. Brinkley fashions what could have been a concrete, timely, well-reasoned overview of the 8 days after Katrina into a political diatribe against the failures of Ray Nagin as mayor of New Orleans. Brinkley widens his scope to Baton Rouge only to inlcude comments that are negative about Nagin from Governor Blanco and selected elected officials. Wait for a 'Katrina-aftermath' book with more focus and a book written by an author without a political ax to grind. Skip this one. At least wait for the New Orleans election to conclude before considering buying this 700-page attack.
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Posted September 12, 2011
Errors are glaring and easliy verified.
If you choose to read this book, do so with a jaundiced eye. The errors that I found, and verified with the people that were involved, are just egregious. Knowing the errors, makes me doubt that other "facts" are incorrect as well. I must question the veracity of the things I am not able to verify. How can the only untruths be the ones I was able to spot outright? I am not referring to the overwhelming political bias of the author, which is so blatant that it is hard to wade through, but facts about the Aquarium and physical locations of events that are not possible. Professor, if this is what passes as a "scholarly" tome, our universities are in deep trouble. Caveat emptor - let the buyer beware. Better yet, borrow it from the library and don't pay for this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.