Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security (Paperback)

Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security

From Publishers Weekly
The fatal inundation of New Orleans was no natural disaster, argues this hard-hitting investigative report. Wall Street Journal reporters Cooper and Block finger two very man-made causes of the tragedy. The first was the decades-long failure of local officials and the Army Corps of Engineers to fix New Orleans’ poorly designed and constructed levees and floodwalls, which collapsed under moderate hurricane conditions. The second and more spectacular was the bre (more…)

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Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.


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  1. 1.0 out of 5 stars
    Pulp Fiction
    Getting it wrong!! Should be the title – this book is based on nothing factual – I have watched many documentaries in the Katrina tragedy that had much more factual information…

  2. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Journalism at its best
    This account doesn’t rely on sensationalism, but instead meticulously documents and cites every source in constructing what really happened before, during, and after Katrina…

  3. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Best Book Out There On Katrina
    Cooper and Block allow the facts to speak for themselves and provide an engaging story that answers the question “what went wrong?” better than anyone else.

  4. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s the LEVEES, stupid!
    Every American with a conscience and even those without one should read this book. Many people still think that it was hurricane that flooded New Orleans. It wasn’t.

  5. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Christopher Cooper and Robert Block, Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security, Reviewed by David B. East
    Many books have been written and many more will be written about the causes, effects, and responses to Hurricane Katrina.

  6. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Good example of a bad example.
    This is a well written tale of how government can get out of touch with reality.
    I was completely flabbergasted by the obsession for irrelevant detail Mathew…

  7. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    An Enlightening Perspective
    Other books do better than this one in describing the human impact of Katrina. But this is far and away the best book that I’ve seen about the series of mistakes that led to the…

  8. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Oddly compelling
    I say this because the book was very difficult to put down, certainly surprising because it is reporting on a recent event with known results.

  9. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Seems to do a real good job. As an anything like this, it takes a lot of people a lot of time to mess up something this bad.

  10. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Maddening to read, but worth the time
    Maddening to read, this is a very clear-eyed and even-handed account of the government’s response to Katrina.

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