Deadly Indifference: The Perfect (Political) Storm: Hurricane Katrina, the Bush White House, and Beyond

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Local leaders delayed acting to avoid voter backlash in case events changed at the last minute and constituents questioned their decisions; state leaders with exhausted regional resources tried to take credit for whatever worked while blaming others for any failures; members of Congress pretended that photo ops at the disaster site actually meant they were involved with recovery; and the agencies truly involved attempted to accomplish a job where their success would be attributed to others. Votes would be gained ...

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Overview

Local leaders delayed acting to avoid voter backlash in case events changed at the last minute and constituents questioned their decisions; state leaders with exhausted regional resources tried to take credit for whatever worked while blaming others for any failures; members of Congress pretended that photo ops at the disaster site actually meant they were involved with recovery; and the agencies truly involved attempted to accomplish a job where their success would be attributed to others. Votes would be gained and lost, a situation that many in Washington saw as being of far greater concern than a hurricane whose destructive force had passed. It was a perfect political storm that would one day make or break careers, including mine.

Hurricane Katrina happened during a Republican administration, but the harsh realities transcend political parties, economics, age, race, or ethnic origins. In one form or another, we are too often a nation in denial.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The inside scoop on Katrina from former undersecretary of Homeland Security, famously called "Brownie" by George W. Bush, is no mea culpa, but rather a blast of blame aimed at numerous parties. Deadly indifference is indeed evident in the mishandling of the flood: poorly maintained levees broke, flooding much of the city, including the Superdome, a last-minute refugee center that was "never part of the initial planning." Brown indicts everyone from Bush to Donald Rumsfeld to local politicians, yet statements such as "the people in the Superdome often sounded like teenagers sitting around a campfire during an overnight camping trip, scaring themselves with ghost stories" show questionable judgment; he faults the media for not fact-checking stories, yet acknowledges the strain; "there is no time to double-check. There is likely no one available who wants to bother to correct errors with so much critical activity taking place." About horror stories of political interference, Brown comments, "It did not mater that the FEMA employee's time was being wasted by congressional representatives who had no power or influence". If they could look like leaders, they would be leaders..." Though at times Brown seems more concerned with his rep than a reckoning of Katrina, his account is informative and discouraging. Photos. (June)
BlogOfNewOrleans.com
And if you’re shaking your head that Michael “FEMA” Brown would actually have the temerity or boneheadedness to write a Katrina book called Deadly Indifference, you don’t know Brownie.
Midwest Book Review
An excellent additional perspective on the disaster of Katrina, and a critical examination of bungled disaster management.
Library Journal
Even when our government is successful, e.g., in the raid to kill Osama bin Laden, the truth of what actually occurred can be hard to come by. But when the government's actions are widely considered to have been a failure, the truth can be even more difficult to uncover. Brown was the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, and he took most of the heat for the government's poor response to the disaster. Here, he claims he was the scapegoat—and he makes a great case that there is plenty of blame to go around, with ample evidence that politicians at the local, state, and national levels were inept and concerned more about their image than the people in need. He also shows how the news media contributed to the mayhem that followed the hurricane. VERDICT Brown's version of events will be of interest to politics junkies, journalists, and the millions of people whose lives were impacted by Katrina. In offering the other side of the story, Brown presents valuable information for historians who will eventually decide where to place the blame for the inadequate relief efforts.—Robert Bruce Slater, Stroudsburg, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589794856
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/16/2011
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,395,249
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael D. Brown was Under Secretary of Homeland Security in the administration of President George W. Bush. A consultant and radio talk show host, he lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Ted Schwarz is the author of over 100 books, several of them bestsellers. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

1 Welcome to D.C. 1

2 A Little Background 21

3 They Warned Me There'd Be Storms Like Katrina 25

4 The City Built Under Water 31

5 Hurricane Charley, Our Baptism by Fire 61

6 Disaster Politics 65

7 Anticipation Becomes Reality 69

8 The Aftermath Begins 97

9 The Violence Begins 129

10 The Media Intrude 133

11 How the Media Fuel Indifference 169

12 You Live Where? 185

Afterword 201

Appendix 1 Behind the Scenes: What You Didn't Read, See, or Hear 205

Appendix 2 With Time Comes Understanding 217

Index 221

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