The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Douglas Brinkley (Author)
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In the span of five violent hours on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed major Gulf Coast cities and flattened 150 miles of coastline. But it was only the first stage of a shocking triple tragedy. On the heels of one of the three strongest hurricanes ever to make landfall in the United States came the storm-surge flooding, which submerged a half-million homes--followed by the human tragedy of government mismanagement, which proved as cruel as the natural disaster itself.

In The Great Deluge, bestselling author Douglas Brinkley finds the true heroes of this unparalleled catastrophe, and lets the survivors tell their own stories, masterly allowing them to record the nightmare that was Katrina.

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$21.99  $19.79
Harper Perennial
Publish Date
August 01, 2007
6.32 X 1.58 X 8.94 inches | 1.99 pounds

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About the Author

Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Audubon. The Chicago Tribune has dubbed him "America's new past master." His recent Cronkite won the Sperber Prize for Best Book in Journalism and was a Washington Post Notable Book of the Year. The Great Deluge won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He is a member of the Society of American Historians and the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three children.


"An important, poignant and often-infuriating look at the tragedy."--Denver Post
"'The Great Deluge, ' captures the human toll of Katrina as graphically as the most vivid newspaper and television accounts"--New York Times Book Review
"An impassioned argument for sustained national interest in the aftermath of a catastrophe."--The Advocate
"Doug Brinkley's chronicle of Hurricane Katrina has a keen sense of history and context"--Graydon Carter
"If you've grown numb to the horror of Katrina, this will wake you up. It's a stirring and important book."--The Arizona Republic
"[A] riveting story"--Cokie Roberts
"You can call "The Great Deluge" history, or you can call it journalism. But it's good stuff"--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Written with verve and energy, this is Brinkley's best book to date."--Times Picayune
"The first historical book that has researched the available record on Katrina and is the closest to actual fact."--Gov. Kathleen Blanco
"More dispassionate and analytical books will be written about Katrina, few will capture the human drama as well as Brinkley's."--Financial Times
"...likely to be the [account] against which other treatments of the subject will be judged."--Daily Advertiser