Katrina: A History, 1915-2015

Andy Horowitz (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$35.00
Publisher
Harvard University Press
Publish Date
July 07, 2020
Pages
296
Dimensions
6.5 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780674971714

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About the Author

Andy Horowitz is Assistant Professor of History at Tulane University, where he specializes in modern American history. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

Reviews

Katrina: A History is a beautiful book about a long, ugly chapter in our nation's history. Horowitz brilliantly demonstrates that the storm carried with it a century of poor decisions that both preceded and followed the disaster. Corporate greed, misguided policymaking, environmental blindness, corrupt politics, crippling racism, and class inequality: all these human failings were as significant as the broken levees and hurricane-force winds. This is not just a compelling history; it is a distressing warning about our future.--Lizabeth Cohen, author of Saving America's Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age
This is by far the most important treatment of Hurricane Katrina--an extraordinarily valuable work of scholarship. Andy Horowitz offers a fresh perspective that serves both as a corrective and also an entirely different way of understanding one of the most critical chapters in the nation's environmental and political history.--Ari Kelman, author of A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans
In 2005, in the eyes of many, the history of New Orleans and lower Louisiana shrank to a single moment of natural disaster. Andy Horowitz's Katrina recovers the all-too-human policies, limited perspectives, and sheer greed that created the conditions for the events of 2005 over the course of the previous century--conditions that prevented an equitable recovery process, and continue to obscure the ways in which 'Katrina' was not just about one unfortunate group of people, but also heralds our collective future. This book is an important reinterpretation of the history of New Orleans, the history of disaster, and the history of our nation.--Leslie M. Harris, author of In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863
This book sees not only the forest and the trees but the blades of grass between the trees. Horowitz properly places the disaster of Hurricane Katrina in the much larger context of regional history, national and local policy decisions, and societal mores which all added up to having tragic if--mostly--unintended consequences, while not losing sight of intimate details and the personal stories of those who experienced the storm and rebuilt the city. Well-written and at times gripping, this is the most important book about Katrina so far.--John M. Barry, author of Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America
A vivid and persuasive chronicle of the 'causes and consequences' of Hurricane Katrina...Horowitz argues that a combination of environmental challenges, structural racism, and governmental misjudgment resulted in a massive loss of life...Even readers who have never visited the Crescent City will be moved by this incisive account.--Publishers Weekly (starred review) (03/03/2020)
Incisive...Horowitz argues persuasively that the destruction incurred by Hurricane Katrina was not merely a meteorological event, but part of a long process of political, environmental, economic, and cultural decisions...An eye-opening environmental history.--Kirkus Reviews (04/01/2020)