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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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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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The ultimate inside story: how bureaucracy, politics, and a disregard of science combined to cripple — perhaps forever — a great American city

As deputy director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center, Ivor van Heerden had for years been warning state and local officials about New Orleans's vulnerability to flooding. But like Cassandra's, his predictions were ignored — until Hurricane Katrina hit on August 29, 2005. Suddenly, van Heerden found himself at the center of a media maelstrom. Stepping forward to challenge the official version of events, he revealed the truth about the city's shoddy levee construction.

Now, in "The Storm," van Heerden shares up-to-the-minute reporting from his investigations and connects the dots among the Army Corps of Engineers, the bureaucrats, the politicians, and the chain of events — both natural and human — that culminated in catastrophe. An epic of cutting- edge science and systemic bureaucratic failure, "The Storm" is the first book from a major player in the Katrina disaster and a riveting narrative that brings expertise, passion, and a human viewpoint to America's greatest natural disaster.

Synopsis:

An epic of cutting-edge science and systemic bureaucratic failure, this book from an outspoken scientist and major figure in the Katrina disaster is a riveting narrative that brings expertise, passion, and a human viewpoint to Americas greatest natural disaster.

About the Author

Ivor van Heerden is head of the official Louisiana state investigation into the levee failures. He is associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at LSU.

Mike Bryan has written or collaborated on many books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143112136
Author:
Van Heerden, Ivor
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Illustrator:
Van Heerden, Ivor
Author:
Bryan, Mike
Author:
Van Heerden, Ivor
Author:
Heerden, Ivor Van
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
Disasters & Disaster Relief
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
Disaster relief
Subject:
Emergency management
Subject:
Meteorology
Subject:
Hurricane Katrina, 2005
Subject:
Emergency management - Gulf States
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations and maps throughout. M
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.42x5.60x.73 in. .67 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143112136 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The ultimate inside story: how bureaucracy, politics, and a disregard of science combined to cripple — perhaps forever — a great American city

As deputy director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center, Ivor van Heerden had for years been warning state and local officials about New Orleans's vulnerability to flooding. But like Cassandra's, his predictions were ignored — until Hurricane Katrina hit on August 29, 2005. Suddenly, van Heerden found himself at the center of a media maelstrom. Stepping forward to challenge the official version of events, he revealed the truth about the city's shoddy levee construction.

Now, in "The Storm," van Heerden shares up-to-the-minute reporting from his investigations and connects the dots among the Army Corps of Engineers, the bureaucrats, the politicians, and the chain of events — both natural and human — that culminated in catastrophe. An epic of cutting- edge science and systemic bureaucratic failure, "The Storm" is the first book from a major player in the Katrina disaster and a riveting narrative that brings expertise, passion, and a human viewpoint to America's greatest natural disaster.

"Synopsis" by , An epic of cutting-edge science and systemic bureaucratic failure, this book from an outspoken scientist and major figure in the Katrina disaster is a riveting narrative that brings expertise, passion, and a human viewpoint to Americas greatest natural disaster.
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