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The Resource Breach of faith : Hurricane Katrina and the near death of a great American city, Jed Horne

Breach of faith : Hurricane Katrina and the near death of a great American city, Jed Horne

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Breach of faith : Hurricane Katrina and the near death of a great American city
Title
Breach of faith
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Hurricane Katrina and the near death of a great American city
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Jed Horne
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eng
Summary
  • "Hurricane Katrina shredded one of the great cities of the South, and as levees failed and the federal relief effort proved lethally incompetent, a natural disaster became a man-made catastrophe. As an editor of New Orleans' daily newspaper, the Pulitzer Prize--winning Times-Picayune, Jed Horne has had a front-row seat to the unfolding drama of the city's collapse into chaos and its continuing struggle to survive. As the Big One bore down, New Orleanians rich and poor, black and white, lurched from giddy revelry to mandatory evacuation. The thousands who couldn't or wouldn't leave initially congratulated themselves on once again riding out the storm. But then the unimaginable happened: Within a day 80 percent of the city was under water. The rising tides chased horrified men and women into snake-filled attics and onto the roofs of their houses. Heroes in swamp boats and helicopters braved wind and storm surge to bring survivors to dry ground. Mansions and shacks alike were swept away, and then a tidal wave of lawlessness inundated the Big Easy. Screams and gunshots echoed through the blacked-out Superdome. Police threw away their badges and joined in the looting. Corpses drifted in the streets for days, and buildings marinated for weeks in a witches' brew of toxic chemicals that, when the floodwaters finally were pumped out, had turned vast reaches of the city into a ghost town. Horne takes readers into the private worlds and inner thoughts of storm victims from all walks of life to weave a tapestry as intricate and vivid as the city itself. Politicians, thieves, nurses, urban visionaries, grieving mothers, entrepreneurs with an eye for quick profit at public expense--all of these lives collide in a chronicle that is harrowing, angry, and often slyly ironic. Even before stranded survivors had been plucked from their roofs, government officials embarked on a vicious blame game that further snarled the relief operation and bedeviled scientists striving to understand the massive levee failures and build New Orleans a foolproof flood defense. As Horne makes clear, this shameless politicization set the tone for the ongoing reconstruction effort, which has been haunted by racial and class tensions from the start. Katrina was a catastrophe deeply rooted in the politics and culture of the city that care forgot and of a nation that forgot to care. In Breach of Faith, Jed Horne has created a spellbinding epic of one of the worst disasters of our time."--Publisher's website
  • A journalist and resident of New Orleans offers an eyewitness account of Hurricane Katrina, its devastating impact on New Orleans, and its aftermath, arguing that the origins of the disaster lie in the culture and politics of a troubled city
Summary
Takes lisenters into the private worlds and inner thoughts of the victims of Hurricane Katrina to examine the aftermath of the storm and its impact on New Orleans
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ALA Notable Book, 2007.
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163226
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DLC
Dewey number
  • 976.3/35044
  • 976.335064
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maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HV636 2005.N4
LC item number
H66 2006
Literary form
non fiction
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adult
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Hurricane Katrina and the near death of a great American city
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Breach of faith : Hurricane Katrina and the near death of a great American city, Jed Horne
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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rdacontent
Contents
A Camille on Betsy's track -- When Wallyworld closes at four -- An imperfect storm -- Real ugly, real fast -- Decaf cigarettes and golden carp -- Other Texans, other times -- Media in the moment -- At least somebody had a plan -- Code gray -- Like bricks on Jello-O -- Help yourself -- A Rockets Jersey and a picture of Jesus -- Reversal of fortune -- In search of common ground -- If they can rebuild Beirut -- Crunch time -- Sue the bastards -- A comparable catastrophe -- Visions of a city reborn -- Blue tarps in a chocolate city -- Shrink-proof city -- Safe enough for cows -- Children with bad timing -- Failure is not an option -- Summing up
Control code
ocm68712485
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 412 pages
Isbn
9780812976502
Lccn
2006046468
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9781400065523
Other physical details
maps
System control number
(OCoLC)68712485
Label
Breach of faith : Hurricane Katrina and the near death of a great American city, Jed Horne
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A Camille on Betsy's track -- When Wallyworld closes at four -- An imperfect storm -- Real ugly, real fast -- Decaf cigarettes and golden carp -- Other Texans, other times -- Media in the moment -- At least somebody had a plan -- Code gray -- Like bricks on Jello-O -- Help yourself -- A Rockets Jersey and a picture of Jesus -- Reversal of fortune -- In search of common ground -- If they can rebuild Beirut -- Crunch time -- Sue the bastards -- A comparable catastrophe -- Visions of a city reborn -- Blue tarps in a chocolate city -- Shrink-proof city -- Safe enough for cows -- Children with bad timing -- Failure is not an option -- Summing up
Control code
ocm68712485
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 412 pages
Isbn
9780812976502
Lccn
2006046468
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9781400065523
Other physical details
maps
System control number
(OCoLC)68712485

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