Unnatural Disaster: The Nation on Hurricane Katrina

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Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster of staggering proportions. The vicious winds and surging seas that lashed the Gulf Coast on August 31, 2005, paralyzed New Orleans and left a scene of utter devastation in their wake. But when the winds and waves abated, they revealed an unnatural disaster — a social catastrophe directly caused by the government's callous indifference to the needs of the region's most vulnerable residents. This pattern of near-criminal government neglect did not begin with its response to ...

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Overview

Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster of staggering proportions. The vicious winds and surging seas that lashed the Gulf Coast on August 31, 2005, paralyzed New Orleans and left a scene of utter devastation in their wake. But when the winds and waves abated, they revealed an unnatural disaster — a social catastrophe directly caused by the government's callous indifference to the needs of the region's most vulnerable residents. This pattern of near-criminal government neglect did not begin with its response to Katrina, but the hurricane did lay bare its extraordinary depth and horrifying consequences, exposing how race and class can spell life or death in contemporary America. In the months that followed, The Nation published a series of articles and editorials documenting the gross negligence of the Bush administration and the heroic effort of community organizers and ordinary citizens to put their city back together again, as well as the attempts of political progressives to push for a 'New Deal.' Unnatural Disaster includes riveting on-the-scene reporting, columns, blogs, essays and articles from Mike Davis and Anthony Fontenot, Naomi Klein, Patricia Williams, Jeremy Scahill, Eric Alterman, Adolph Reed, Jr., Eric Foner, Curtis Wilkie, Billy Sothern, among many others.

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Publishers Weekly
Following Hurricane Katrina, the leftist Nation published a slew of articles and editorials that criticized the Bush administration and the mainstream media, identified with victims and praised the extraordinary efforts of relief workers and ordinary New Orleanians. Patricia J. Williams relates how an African-American MBA candidate noted on the radio how "jarring" it was to hear her neighborhood, the Ninth Ward, described repeatedly in the media as desperate and impoverished; Eric Alterman congratulates the "infamous media whores of cable news" for demonstrating how the relief efforts were affected by race and class. One of the best pieces, by Billy Sothern, tells the harrowing plight of the city's 8,000 prisoners, many of whom fled a flooded prison complex only to be rounded up and left shackled in the sun without water for two days, then parceled out to facilities where they were brutalized by their jailers. Some contributions feel dated; there's considerable overlap among them; and Nation executive editor Reed is probably preaching to the converted. Yet there are many eye-opening, worthy nuggets that rightly point the finger at what's wrong with our domestic disaster policy. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Gathered here are many of the pieces on Katrina that ran in the Nation magazine between September 2005 and May 2006 (with the majority from the earlier period). Contributors include Eric Foner, Alexander Cockburn, Naomi Klein, and "the Editors" as a unit. The anthology is divided into four thematic sections. The dates of each piece are noted at the start of the texts. Regarding the government's handling of Katrina, the Nation's outrage more closely matches the nation's than on most topics this proudly Left periodical covers. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781560259374
  • Publisher: Nation Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Edited by Betsy Reed
Betsy Reed is the executive editor of The Nation, where she has worked since 1998. She edited the anthology Nothing Sacred: Women Respond to Religious Fundamentalism and Terror, published by Nation Books in 2003; and co-edited the anthology Homo Economics: Capitalism, Community and Lesbian & Gay Life, published by Routledge in 1997. She edits articles and speaks frequently on such subjects as women, labor, community organizing, education, civil rights and domestic politics. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Table of Contents

The view from Lott's porch 3
The big easy dies hard 7
FEMA : confederacy of Dunces 13
Global storm warning 17
Looting the black poor 23
Class-ifying the hurricane 27
Bread, roses, and the flood 33
Bohemia's last frontier 35
Levee town 41
The real costs of a culture of greed 45
Found in the flood 49
The disaster president 53
Purging the poor 59
Doing the math 67
GOP opportunity zone 69
Blackwater down 73
Pat Robertson's Katrina cash 81
Katrina and the coming world oil crunch 89
The reconstruction of New Oraq 95
Left to die 109
Hurricane gumbo 119
Beyond shelters 133
A second-line revival 139
Let the people rebuild New Orleans 147
New Orleans : raze or rebuild? 153
A "new" new deal 161
History lessons 165
Visionaries wanted 171
Prez on the precipice 173
25 questions about the murder of New Orleans 179
In the shadow of disaster 187
Katrina lives 195
New Orleans Blues 203
Hard times in the big easy 207
Bush's new storm 211
Neglect in New Orleans 215
Suppressing the N. O. vote 219
The battle of New Orleans 223
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2006

    Definately a Recommended Read

    A fascinating and well-written account of how the magazine The Nation discussed the Hurricane Katrina disaster and a well-deserved critique of the response (or lack thereof) to the event.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Negative opinions galore

    This book is one of the most opinionated books i have ever read. All the different people who wrote articles in this book did not give any credit to our President or talked about the postitives that went on after Hurricane Katrina. I dissagreed with most of the points that the people made and am very shocked that they felt the way they did.

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