Disaster Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security

ISBN-10: 0805086501

ISBN-13: 9780805086508

Edition: 2007

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Description: "[A] tightly crafted, very readable book . . . the best in-depth contemporary analysis we are going to get."--Stephen Flynn, The Washington Post When Hurricane Katrina roared ashore on August 29, 2005, federal and state officials were not prepared for the devastation it would bring. In this searing indictment of what went wrong, Christopher Cooper and Robert Block take readers inside FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security to reveal the inexcusable mismanagement during the crisis--the bad decisions that were made, the facts that were ignored, and the individuals who saw that the system was broken but did nothing to fix it. In this award-winning and critically acclaimed book, Cooper and Block reconstruct the crucial days before and after the storm hit, laying bare the government's inability to respond to the most elemental needs. They also demonstrate how the Bush administration's obsessive focus on terrorist threats fatally undermined the government's ability to respond to natural disasters. The incompetent response to Hurricane Katrina is a wake-up call to all Americans, wherever they live, about how distressingly vulnerable we remain.

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List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 5/29/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Robert W. Block, MD, FAAPProfessor of PediatricsSchool of Community MedicineThe University of Oklahoma College of MedicineTulsa, Oklahoma

Authors' Note
Prelude to Disaster
The Perfect Storm
Water Pork
A Mountain of Failure
Homeland Insecurity
Catastrope
The Big One
The Undodged Bullet
Stranded in New Orleans
Promises, Promises
Getting Control
Flotsam and Jetsam
The Blame Game
Do It Yourself
Reindeer Games
A Civic Responsibility
Sources
Acknowledgments
Index
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