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The Great Deluge (Paperback)

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Description


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.

About the Author


Douglas Brinkley is currently a Professor of History at Rice University and a Fellow at the James Baker III Institute of Public Policy. He has published several New York Times bestselling titles: The Wilderness Warrior (2009), The Reagan Diaries (2007), The Great Deluge (2006), The Boys of Pointe du Hoc (2005), Tour of Duty (2004), and Voices of Valor (2004, with Ronald J. Drez). The Great Deluge, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, was the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Prize and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Dr. Brinkley has also taught at the U.S. Naval Academy, Princeton University, Tulane University (where he was also Director of the Roosevelt Center), and other institutions across the country. He is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and American Heritage, as well as a frequent contributor to the New York Times, The New Yorker, and the Atlantic. He lives in Austin and Houston, Texas.

Praise For…


“‘The Great Deluge,’ captures the human toll of Katrina as graphically as the most vivid newspaper and television accounts”
-New York Times Book Review

“Doug Brinkley’s chronicle of Hurricane Katrina has a keen sense of history and context”
-Graydon Carter

“[A] riveting story”
-Cokie Roberts

“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

“An important, poignant and often-infuriating look at the tragedy.”
-Denver Post

“Written with verve and energy, this is Brinkley’s best book to date.”
-Times Picayune

“…likely to be the [account] against which other treatments of the subject will be judged.”
-Washington Times

“An impassioned argument for sustained national interest in the aftermath of a catastrophe.”
-The Advocate

“…likely to be the [account] against which other treatments of the subject will be judged.”
-Daily Advertiser

“You can call “The Great Deluge” history, or you can call it journalism. But it’s good stuff”
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061148491
ISBN-10: 0061148490
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: July 31st, 2007
Pages: 768
Language: English