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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Penguin Putnam
The ultimate inside story of the Katrina tragedy?from the cofounder of the LSU Hurricane Center

After warning for years about the looming threat of catastrophic flooding in New Orleans, Ivor van Heerden was one of the highest-profile media experts during the Katrina disaster. Over the following eighteen months, he was even more prominent as he challenged the official version of those events and campaigned for an engineering plan that would protect all of southeastern Louisiana, once and for all. In The Storm, van Heerden lays out in full detail the stunning incompetence among the bureaucrats, the politicians, and the Army Corps of Engineers that culminated in the catastrophe that crippled, perhaps forever, a great American city.

Baker & Taylor
A disaster specialist explains why he had been predicting a tragedy similar to Hurricane Katrina's destruction for a decade, and outlines his plans for preventing a similar catastrophe from occurring in the future.

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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