The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina--the Inside Story from One Louisiana Scientist [NOOK Book]

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The ultimate inside story of the Katrina tragedy?from the cofounder of the LSU Hurricane Center

After warning for years about the looming threat of catastrophic flooding in New Orleans, Ivor van Heerden was one of the highest-profile media experts during the Katrina disaster. Over the following eighteen months, he was even more prominent as he challenged the official version of those events and campaigned for an engineering plan that would ...
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The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina--the Inside Story from One Louisiana Scientist

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Overview

The ultimate inside story of the Katrina tragedy?from the cofounder of the LSU Hurricane Center

After warning for years about the looming threat of catastrophic flooding in New Orleans, Ivor van Heerden was one of the highest-profile media experts during the Katrina disaster. Over the following eighteen months, he was even more prominent as he challenged the official version of those events and campaigned for an engineering plan that would protect all of southeastern Louisiana, once and for all. In The Storm, van Heerden lays out in full detail the stunning incompetence among the bureaucrats, the politicians, and the Army Corps of Engineers that culminated in the catastrophe that crippled, perhaps forever, a great American city.


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When Hurricane Katrina hit the Louisiana coastline in the summer of 2005, Ivor Van Heerden already knew exactly what chaos and devastation it would bring. Countless times he and his specialist colleagues at Louisiana State University had generated computer models of how such a major storm would pulverize the region around New Orleans. In this book, he explains how such a predictable catastrophe became an unthinkable reality.
New York Times
Disturbing
Chicago Tribune
Persuasive
New Orleans Times-Picayune
[An] important book.... [Van Heerden is] a man with a story to get out who is gradually finding a way to do it.... And he does it simply, commonsensically, with illustrations to clarify his points.
Publishers Weekly
This serious, scientific explanation of what exactly happened in the hours and years leading up to Hurricane Katrina s devestation of New Orleans brings a fresh perspective to a tragedy that has generated remarkably similar news accounts over the past eight months. Van Heerden, Deputy Director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center, gives a passionate, rigorous account of what went wrong in New Orleans that, if admittedly non-objective, is a noble and credible call for truth and accountability Long recognized by FEMA as one of the three most likely and dangerous disasters threatening the country, the possibility of a hurricane like Katrina was ignored by corrupt politicians and discounted by residents tired of past evacuations (George, Floyd, Ivan, and Rita) that in hindsight seemed unnecessary. Technical details threaten at times to overwhelm readers interested in the human story of the storm, but van Heerden manages to navigate the narrow path that fuses scientific data with a gripping narrative worthy of a Tom Clancy thriller. Informative and emotional, Van Heerden s book sheds new light on one of the most destructive and important natural disasters to hit the U.S. in modern history, and is a must-read for anyone truly interested in the facts behind Hurricane Katrina. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101201701
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/18/2006
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 613,468
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ivor van Heerden was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is cofounder and deputy director of the LSU Hurricane Center and director of the Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes. He is also associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at LSU. He holds a Ph.D. in marine sciences from LSU, where his research focused on the Atchafalaya River Delta; his ongoing research areas include disaster preparation and response, coastal geomorphology, environmental management, and habitat restoration.



Mike Bryan has written or collaborated on many books, including Cal Ripkenā€™s bestselling autobiographyThe Only Way I Know, Uneasy Rider, and The Afterword, a novel.


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Table of Contents

Introduction : disaster, tragedy, failure - and hope 1
1 Storm clouds 13
2 Leave, please! 33
3 Laughed out of the room 55
4 Levees lite 73
5 The second-worst-case scenario 99
6 Into the breach 109
7 Is anyone in charge here? 137
8 Wetlands forever 153
9 The score on the corps 187
10 The investigation 211
11 Now or never 250
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