Breach of Faith Hurricane Katrina and the near Death of a Great American City

ISBN-10: 1400065526
ISBN-13: 9781400065523
Edition: 2006
Authors: Jed Horne
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/11/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

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.

Mapsp. VIII
Introductionp. XV
A Camille on Betsy's Trackp. 3
When Wallyworld Closes at Fourp. 22
An Imperfect Stormp. 41
Real Ugly, Real Fastp. 48
Decaf Cigarettes and Golden Carpp. 73
Other Texans, Other Timesp. 83
Media in the Momentp. 106
At Least Somebody Had a Planp. 120
Code Grayp. 132
Like Bricks on Jell-Op. 145
Help Yourselfp. 168
A Rockets Jersey and a Picture of Jesusp. 187
Reversal of Fortunep. 200
In Search of Common Groundp. 218
If They Can Rebuild Beirutp. 232
Crunch Timep. 243
Sue the Bastardsp. 254
A Comparable Catastrophep. 275
Visions of a City Rebornp. 288
Blue Tarps in a Chocolate Cityp. 306
Shrink-Proof Cityp. 315
Safe Enough for Cowsp. 327
Children with Bad Timingp. 341
Failure Is Not an Optionp. 361
Summing Upp. 374
Acknowledgmentsp. 387
Interview Listp. 389
Notesp. 391
Indexp. 401
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