Hurricane Katrina: An American Tragedy and Its Aftermath

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On Sept. 2, 2005, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin issued a "desperate S.O.S." His city, one of America's most historic and gracious urban centers, had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Now 80% of it lay underwater, while some citizens huddled on rooftops waiting for rescue, and others turned the flooded streets into canals of anarchy. In the first decade of the 21st century, despair, disease and death had transformed a great American city into a scene of third-world privation, even as heroic rescue workers ...
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On Sept. 2, 2005, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin issued a "desperate S.O.S." His city, one of America's most historic and gracious urban centers, had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Now 80% of it lay underwater, while some citizens huddled on rooftops waiting for rescue, and others turned the flooded streets into canals of anarchy. In the first decade of the 21st century, despair, disease and death had transformed a great American city into a scene of third-world privation, even as heroic rescue workers battled to save lives, restore order and aid the suffering.

Now Time chronicles the story of the greatest natural disaster in U.S. history in Hurricane Katrina, An American Tragedy. Here, in stunning pictures and gripping first-hand accounts, is the terrible tale of Katrina's deadly wrath and savage aftermath. Here is America's Gulf Coast -- from New Orleans to Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi -- in ruins. Here are the struggling survivors and their valiant rescuers, the looters and the police who fought to control them, the homeless refugees who poured across the southeast and the resourceful agencies that took them in.

It is an epic tale, told as only Time can tell it. Award-winning pictures reveal the scope of the disaster. Oral histories offer unforgettable accounts of nature's power and man's resourcefulness. Illuminating graphics show how hurricanes form -- and why New Orleans flooded. Powerful reporting puts readers on the scene, while insightful analysis explores the questions left in Katrina's wake: could the tragedy have been prevented, and why was aid so late to arrive?

Moving and informative, sweeping in scope and ringing with the voices of those who were there, Hurricane Katrina, An American Tragedy is the definitive account of a disaster that will haunt Americans for decades to come.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933405131
  • Publisher: Time Home Entertainment, Inc
  • Publication date: 11/15/2005
  • Series: Time Ser.
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 9.37 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Saving America's soul kitchen : for jazz genius Wynton Marsalis, the rebuilding of New Orleans can help re-create America
Images : memorable photos of a remarkable storm 2
Hard times in the Big Easy : from Mardi Gras to A streetcar named desire, why New Orleans is the hot sauce in America's cupboard 28
New Orleans under water : graphic : why and how the city's levees failed 34
9 days of disaster : an hour-by-hour account of a city under siege 36
Katrina's last casualty : truth : when facts are scarce, rumors flourish 54
Viewfinder : Thomas Dworzak : a photojournalist's portfolio 56
Catastrophe along the coast : the graceful, grand old coastline of Mississippi takes a beating from Katrina's winds and waves 64
Viewfinder : Chris Usher : a photojournalist's portfolio 76
In Katrina's wake, a time for heroes : governments may have faltered when the storm struck, but Good Samaritans helped their neighbors 82
Power failure : why government agencies - at all levels - let down the people of the Gulf Coast in their time of need 88
No direction home : Katrina's diaspora : in the greatest internal U.S. exodus since the Depression, Katrina's victims seek shelter 96
Viewfinder : John Chiasson : a photojournalist's portfolio 102
A whirlwind of generosity : stirred by a great natural disaster and a fumbling, man-made response, Americans pitch in to help out 106
Dirty work : with their homes in shreds and tatters, Gulf Coasters begin a massive cleanup job 110
A new dawn for the crescent city? : President George W. Bush pledges to rebuild New Orleans : but whose vision of the future will prevail? 118
Viewfinder : Robert Stolarik : a photojournalist's portfolio 122
Paths of destruction : graphic : Hurricane Rita draws a bead on the gulf 128
Hurricane Rita : deja vu all over again : a monster storm slams into eastern Louisiana and Texas, but with Katrina's example, lives are saved 130
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2006

    Great pictures

    My 11 year old picked this one out her school in New Orleans was destroyed by Katrina. The pictures are great and most captions were too, some were inaccurate p.37 ¿Patience wears thin at Superdome¿ was taken at the Convention Center. I found some of the articles to have a leftist slant depending on the photographer who wrote it. And Thomas Dworzak took great pictures but his commentary was lacking¿many rich, middle class, and poor white people lost everything. There was also an inaccuracy on page 35 shows the Industrial Canal levee breech on the Arabi side it should have been on the Ninth Ward side.

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