Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City

Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City

by Jed Horne
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1400065526

ISBN-13: 9781400065523

Pub. Date: 07/11/2006

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

As an editor of New Orleans' daily newspaper, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Times-Picayune, Jed Horne had a front-row seat to the city's collapse into chaos during and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Two years later, in this updated edition of his highly praised Breach of Faith, Horne carries forward his remarkable chronicle to provide an assessment of the city's

Overview

As an editor of New Orleans' daily newspaper, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Times-Picayune, Jed Horne had a front-row seat to the city's collapse into chaos during and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Two years later, in this updated edition of his highly praised Breach of Faith, Horne carries forward his remarkable chronicle to provide an assessment of the city's recovery and long-term prospects-one that is encouraging but also deeply disturbing. Horne takes readers into the private worlds and inner thoughts of storm victims from all walks of life to weave a tapestry as intricate and vivid as the city itself. Lackluster government officials, thieves, nurses, urban visionaries, grieving mothers, entrepreneurs with an eye for quick profit at public expense-all of these lives collide in a chronicle that is harrowing, angry, often slyly ironic. In Breach of Faith, Jed Horne has created a spellbinding epic of one of the worst disasters of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400065523
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/11/2006
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.31(d)

Table of Contents


Maps     VIII
Preface     XV
Introduction     XIX
A Camille on Betsy's Track     3
When Wallyworld Closes at Four     22
An Imperfect Storm     41
Real Ugly, Real Fast     48
Decaf Cigarettes and Golden Carp     73
Other Texans, Other Times     83
Media in the Moment     106
At Least Somebody Had a Plan     120
Code Gray     132
Like Bricks on Jell-O     145
Help Yourself     168
A Rockets Jersey and a Picture of Jesus     187
Reversal of Fortune     200
In Search of Common Ground     218
If They Can Rebuild Beirut     232
Crunch Time     243
Sue the Bastards     254
A Comparable Catastrophe     275
Visions of a City Reborn     288
Blue Tarps in a Chocolate City     306
Shrink-Proof City     315
Safe Enough for Cows     327
Children with Bad Timing     341
Failure Is Not an Option     361
Summing Up     374
Epilogue     387
Acknowledgments     415
InterviewList     417
Notes     419
Index     429

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