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

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

by Michael D. Brown, Ted Schwarz


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ISBN-13: 9781589794856
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/16/2011
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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.

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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Deadly Indifference: The Perfect (Political) Storm: Hurricane Katrina, the Bush White House, and Beyond 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
annesion on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Very seldom do I want to hurl a book across the room. This book infuriated me! Mr. Brown pontificates about the causes and who to blame for the tragedy which befell the gulf coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. What he does not do is stop passing the buck. He accepts no responsibility for his actions, and minimizes his personal role in the on-going saga. There are much better books written on this subject, and I wouldn't waste my time with this one! I am still fuming!
thebookpile on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Despite the topic, I got bored with this book. The author repeats himself frequently (often using the same anecdote a few times within a few pages) and, particularly in the middle of the book, the ordering of the content is muddled. Given that the book barely makes it across the 200 page mark, it's surprising that the content couldn't have been kept more focused.
bookcaterpillar on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I have not read another book about the events of Hurricane Katrina so Deadly Indifference was an interesting behind-the-scenes read for me. Although there were some odd characterizations of victims and frequent blame-game references that could have been edited for a better read, I enjoyed learning more about what led up to the FEMA response and, in general, more about how FEMA operates. Having read it, it turns out that I'd be far more interested in a book by Brown about FEMA and their drills, their purchasing & bids, and the politics & people involved, etc. I liked the first chapter the best because it touched on some of this but he obviously could be sharing much more.Given how devastating (and avoidable) the effects of Katrina were on citizens, I'd recommend first reading about it from someone who lived it but who was not politically involved then moving on to this book for a different and conflicting perspective.
SeriousGrace on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I have to wonder if there is a tell-all grace period. Wait so many years, put so much distance between now and then, and then spill the beans with abandon. Deadly Indifference is that type of book. Michael Brown was Under Secretary of Homeland Security during the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. As Director of FEMA he was the appointed scapegoat of the entire fiasco and for all intents and purposes Deadly Indifference is his chance to clear his name. This is his opportunity to set the record straight and blame other people. As former Under Secretary of Homeland Security he has nothing to lose and therefore can tell all with straightforward clarity. It is to be expected that Brown points the finger everywhere but himself. In the first chapter I was even wondering if he was going to blame the residents of New Orleans simply because they willingly chose to live in a "fishbowl" city well below sea level. When Brown does get around to placing some of the blame on himself he does so lightly and delicately. His heavy hand is reserved for people like New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin and Louisana governor Kathleen Blanco. While Brown's book is thought provoking one would benefit from reading several different accounts of what went wrong before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. It would be interesting to compare this to someone with an unbiased point of view.
cincy65 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Michael D. Brown was the Under Secretary of Homeland Security when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. This translates into being the head of FEMA, the much maligned agency which responds after disasters happen in the US. The hurricane happened on August 29th and Mr. Brown resigned on September 12 after being 'blamed' for the lack and/or delay of response in the aftermath.Because Mr. Brown was blamed, he felt the need to write this book to tell his side of the story. It is definitely one-sided and the book seems much more like a finger-pointing exercise than an objective account of the event. Apparently, no one else did a good job except for Mr. Brown and the front line rescue people. The following people were at fault in no particular order: the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for not maintaining the levees in New Orleans; Ray Nagin, the mayor of New Orleans, for not ordering a mandatory evacuation soon enough and for offering the SuperDome as a shelter and a myriad of other failures; the Governor of Louisiana for not asking for FEMA help soon enough; restaurants and grocery stores for using computer inventory systems which cause there to be only enough supplies for a few days on their property; George W. Bush for not coming to New Orleans soon enough; it was my fault, too, as an American taxpayer, for not wanting to fund the Corps of Engineers as they should have been; and, the people for living there in the first place. I could go on and on and on, as Mr. Brown did for 219 pages. There is some truth in all of that and more. This book, however, is to be specific to Mr. Brown. Mr. Brown offers the fact that he had managed 124 different events before Katrina to prove that it wasn't his fault. To be fair, it should be noted that he had managed nothing close to the size and scope of this hurricane. In addition, most of the other hurricanes he assisted with were in Florida, where he even admits that the Florida people and Governor Jeb Bush have the run up and recovery for hurricanes down to a science. All in all, there are a couple things to keep in mind instead of reading this book. First, working for the Government, no matter at what level, stinks and will not provide any real gratification. Second, just look up Hurricane Katrina on Wikipedia for an adequate overview of the event. And last, but not least, even if you are blamed for messing up the recovery effort for the largest and most expensive natural disaster our country has ever seen, you, too, can get and keep in jobs in the recovery genre for the rest of your life.
Mathenam on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book was 'okay'. I don't know that I learned much new about Hurricane Katrina, and it didn't change my opinion on the subject. It was interesting to read about it from Mike Brown's perspective. He readily admits that mistakes were made all around, from both political parties. He explains that the lack of those in elected positions to act and make decisions in a timely manner made the situation worse. He compares the leadership in Louisiana to the leadership in Mississippi, and how those states differed in the aftermath. There were parts of the book that I skimmed over because they weren't relevant to Katrina. I think that most people who pick up this book are interested in the dirty details of what was happening behind the scenes during this time period.
sgtbigg on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Brown was the Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the time of Hurricane Katrina. After being blamed by assorted Bush Administration figures for the federal response to the hurricane Brown decided to give his side of the story. He maintains that FEMA has gotten a bum rap and most of the problems were the result of local officials and their failure to order an evacuation until it was too late. Other problems were due to the added layer of bureaucracy due to FEMA being folded into DHS and the different mission FEMA has from the rest of DHS, response rather then prevention. Michael Chertoff gets particular blame, but the President, and others in the Administration get some as well. An interesting view of the events surrounding Katrina, but more importantly a scathing indictment of politicians in general. Brown rightly points to the idea of NIMBI or ¿Not in My Best Interest¿, as the overriding motive behind most politicians from both parties. They are more concerned with scoring political points then in actually doing what is needed. The recent debates regarding the debt ceiling serve to emphasize his points. The book is a little uneven and runs out of steam before the last chapter which feels tacked on, possibly to stretch the length which is only 232 pages including index and documentation. I received this book from the LT Early Readers program.
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