Ten years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana – on August 29, 2005 – journalist Gary Rivlin traces the storm’s immediate damage, the city of New Orleans’s efforts to rebuild itself, and the storm’s lasting effects not just on the city’s geography and infrastructure, but on the psychic, racial, and social fabric of one of this nation’s great cities.
In the aftermath of the storm, four out of every five houses were flooded. Schools and businesses were wrecked. The city’s infrastructure – water, sewage, electricity, transportation – was shattered. Long an American cultural and economic jewel, the city was undergoing triage unprecedented in this nation’s history. How could this grievously wounded city heal, and what would it take?
Rivlin spent much of the last decade answering that question. He interviewed civil leaders and elected officials, business owners and teachers, doctors and construction workers, and followed them as they confronted the consequences and restored, altered, and in some cases, abandoned their city. Their stories reflect the extraordinary toll that this storm exacted and offer a crucial corrective understanding for not only New Orleans, but how we live in America today: the division between rich and poor, the legacy of slavery and racial injustice, the fragility of civility and our means of governance, and the crucial question of what we, as citizens, are owed and what we owe one another.
Katrina is a towering work of journalism and a definitive chronicle of a tragedy that we should never forget – as it still has much to teach us.
Simon and Schuster, Hardcover, 1st Edition, 1st Printing, 2015, 462 pages
This is a BRAND NEW book. There is a “closeout/remainder” mark on the bottom page edges.