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The Great Deluge

Douglas Brinkley

In the span of five violent hours on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed major Gulf Coast cities and flattened 150 miles of coastline. Yet those wind-torn hours represented only the first stage of the relentless triple tragedy that Katrina brought to the entire Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Mississippi to Alabama. First was the hurricane, one of the three strongest ever to make landfall in the United States -- 150 mile per hour winds, with gusts measuring more than 180 miles per hour ripping buildings to pieces. Second, the storm-surge flooding, which submerged a half million homes, creating the largest refugee crisis since the Civil War. Eighty percent of New Orleans was under water, and whole towns in southeastern Louisiana ceased to exist. And third, the human tragedy of government mismanagement, which proved as cruel as the natural disaster itself. In The Great Deluge, bestselling author Douglas Brinkley, a New Orleans resident and professor of history at Tulane University, rips the story of Katrina apart and relates what the category 3 hurricane was like from every point of view, while recognizing the true heroes. Throughout the book, Brinkley lets the Katrina survivors tell their own stories, masterfully allowing them to record the nightmare that was Katrina. The Great Deluge investigates the failure of government at each level and breaks important new stories. Packed with interviews and original research, it traces the character flaws, inexperience, and ulterior motives that allowed the Katrina disaster to turn the Gulf Coast into a scene from a war movie or a third-world documentary.

In the span of five violent hours on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed major Gulf Coast cities and flattened 150 miles of coastline. Yet those wind-torn hours represented only the first stage of the relentless triple tragedy that Katrina brought to the entire Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Mississippi to Alabama. First was the hurricane, one of the three strongest ever to make landfall in the United States -- 150 mile per hour winds, with gusts measuring more than 180 miles per hour ripping buildings to pieces. Second, the storm-surge flooding, which submerged a half million homes, creating the largest refugee crisis since the Civil War. Eighty percent of New Orleans was under water, and whole towns in southeastern Louisiana ceased to exist. And third, the human tragedy of government mismanagement, which proved as cruel as the natural disaster itself. In The Great Deluge, bestselling author Douglas Brinkley, a New Orleans resident and professor of history at Tulane University, rips the story of Katrina apart and relates what the category 3 hurricane was like from every point of view, while recognizing the true heroes. Throughout the book, Brinkley lets the Katrina survivors tell their own stories, masterfully allowing them to record the nightmare that was Katrina. The Great Deluge investigates the failure of government at each level and breaks important new stories. Packed with interviews and original research, it traces the character flaws, inexperience, and ulterior motives that allowed the Katrina disaster to turn the Gulf Coast into a scene from a war movie or a third-world documentary.
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History

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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. Yet those wind-torn hours represented only the first stage of the relentless triple tragedy that Katrina brought to the entire Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Mississippi to Alabama. First was the hurricane, one of the three strongest ever to make landfall in the United States -- 150 mile per hour winds, with gusts measuring more than 180 miles per hour ripping buildings to pieces. Second, the storm-surge flooding, which submerged a half million homes, creating the largest refugee crisis since the Civil War. Eighty percent of New Orleans was under water, and whole towns in southeastern Louisiana ceased to exist. And third, the human tragedy of government mismanagement, which proved as cruel as the natural disaster itself. In The Great Deluge, bestselling author Douglas Brinkley, a New Orleans resident and professor of history at Tulane University, rips the story of Katrina apart and relates what the category 3 hurricane was like from every point of view, while recognizing the true heroes. Throughout the book, Brinkley lets the Katrina survivors tell their own stories, masterfully allowing them to record the nightmare that was Katrina. The Great Deluge investigates the failure of government at each level and breaks important new stories. Packed with interviews and original research, it traces the character flaws, inexperience, and ulterior motives that allowed the Katrina disaster to turn the Gulf Coast into a scene from a war movie or a third-world documentary.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kyf Brewer

Length:

6h 10m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

11:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

10:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:34


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

10:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:46


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:05


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:44


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:25


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

10:04


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

11:59


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

11:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

10:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

10:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:35


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

11:26


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:43


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

10:33


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

10:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:08


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:42


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

10:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

13:42


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

11:17


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

10:15


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:08


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

10:33


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

01:24


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:23