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The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coastby Douglas Brinkley
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In the span of five violent hours on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed major Gulf Coast cities and flattened 150 miles of coastline. But it was only the first stage of a shocking triple tragedy. On the heels of one of the three strongest hurricanes ever to make landfall in the United States came the storm-surge flooding, which submerged a half-million homes — followed by the human tragedy of government mismanagement, which proved as cruel as the natural disaster itself.
In The Great Deluge, bestselling author Douglas Brinkley finds the true heroes of this unparalleled catastrophe, and lets the survivors tell their own stories, masterly allowing them to record the nightmare that was Katrina.
"The Great Deluge captures the human toll of Katrina as graphically as the most vivid newspaper and television accounts" Daily Advertiser
"More dispassionate and analytical books will be written about Katrina, few will capture the human drama as well as Brinkley's." Gov. Kathleen Blanco
"Doug Brinkley's chronicle of Hurricane Katrina has a keen sense of history and context." Washington Times
"[A] riveting story." Graydon Carter
"If you've grown numb to the horror of Katrina, this will wake you up. It's a stirring and important book." St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"You can call The Great Deluge history, or you can call it journalism. But it's good stuff." Denver Post
"Written with verve and energy, this is Brinkley's best book to date." Cokie Roberts
About the Author
Douglas Brinkley is professor of history at Tulane University and the author of several books, including The Unfinished Presidency, The Boys of Pointe du Hoc, and The Great Deluge. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair and an in-house historian for CBS News, he lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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