The Storm

The Storm

What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina : the Inside Story From One Louisiana Scientist

Book - 2006
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The ultimate inside story: how bureaucracy, politics, and a disregard of science combined to crippleperhaps forevera great American city As deputy director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center, Ivor van Heerden had for years been warning state and local officials about New Orleanss vulnerability to flooding. But like Cassandras, his predictions were ignoreduntil Hurricane Katrina hit on August 29, 2005. Suddenly, van Heerden found himself at the center of a media maelstrom. Stepping forward to challenge the official version of events, he revealed the truth about the citys shoddy levee construction. Now, in The Storm, van Heerden shares up-to-the-minute reporting from his investigations and connects the dots among the Army Corps of Engineers, the bureaucrats, the politicians, and the chain of eventsboth natural and humanthat culminated in catastrophe. An epic of cutting- edge science and systemic bureaucratic failure, The Storm is the first book from a major player in the Katrina disaster and a riveting narrative that brings expertise, passion, and a human viewpoint to Americas greatest natural disaster.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2006.
ISBN: 9780670037810
Characteristics: 308 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bryan, Mike


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Oct 20, 2012

An essential book for anyone interested in the story of Hurricane Katrina. Van Heerden focuses on issues of science, climate, and engineering in examining the catastrophic effects of the hurricane, a disaster he and other scientists had been expecting and warning against for years beforehand. The end result is a stunning indictment of bureaucratic, political, and human failure.

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