February 1, 2008

Book Review - City Adrift

City Adrift: New Orleans Before and After Katrina
Jenni Bergal, Sara Shipley Hiles, Frank Koughan, John McQuaid, Jim Morris, Katy Reckdahl, Curtis Wilkie
HV 636 .N4 C58 2007

The devastation of Hurricane Katrina may perhaps be boiled down to a simple statement--"every system that could have protected New Orleans failed." Afterward, the Center for Public Integrity sent in a team of award-winning journalists to investigate how this could have happened in the United States in 21st century. This team, many of whom have personal connections to New Orleans, explore the storm and gathered information by talking with many of those involved. They analyze the political, social, geographical, technical, and communication failures that contributed to the breakdown in New Orleans. More importantly, however, they illuminate a path to correcting these problems so that a tragedy like this one does not happen again.