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


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Harper Perennial
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6.32 X 1.58 X 8.94 inches | 1.99 pounds

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About the Author

Douglas Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University, a CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. In the world of public history, he serves on boards, at museums, at colleges, and for historical societies. The Chicago Tribune dubbed him "America's New Past Master." The New-York Historical Society has chosen Brinkley as its official U.S. Presidential Historian. His recent book Cronkite won the Sperber Prize, while The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He was awarded a Grammy for Presidential Suite and is the recipient of seven honorary doctorates in American studies. His two-volume, annotated Nixon Tapes recently won the Arthur S. Link-Warren F. Kuehl Prize. He is a member of the Century Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress. 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