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"Katrina Books"

September/October 2006 issue of Poverty & Race

There are scads of books out on the hurricanes. Here are the best of them:

Douglas Brinkley, The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans & the Mississippi Gulf Coast (Morrow, 2006, 716 pp., $27.95)

Mike Tidwell, The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas & the Coming Death of America’s Coastal Cities (Free Press, 2006, 196 pp., $24)

Mike Tidwell, Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life & Tragic Death of Louisiana’s Cajun Coast (Vintage, 2003, 354 pp., $14.95)

Christopher Cooper & Robert Block, Disaster: Hurricane Katrina & the Failure of Homeland Security (Times, 2006, 333 pp., $26)

Chester Hartman & Gregory D. Squires, eds., There Is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster: Race, Class & Hurricane Katrina (Routledge, 2006, 311 pp., $22.95)—among the 18 contributors: john powell, Sheila Crowley, Wade Rathke, Mary Frances Berry, Peter Marcuse, John Taylor

John McQuaid & Mark Scheifstein, Path of Destruction: The Devastation of New Orleans & The Coming Age of Superstorms (Little Brown, 2006, 368 pp., $25.99)

David Troutt, ed., After the Storm: Black Intellectuals Explore the Meaning of Hurricane Katrina (New Press, 2006, 164 pp., $22.95)—among the 12 contributors: Sheryll Cashin, Adolph Reed, Jr., Michael Eric Dyson, Charles Ogletree, Derrick Bell

Betsy Reed, ed., Unnatural Disaster: The Nation on Hurricane Katrina (Nation Books, 2006, 248 pp., $14.95)—among the 36 contributors: Eric Foner, Alexander Cockburn, Adolph Reed, Jr., Mike Davis, Eric Alterman, Robert Scheer, Naomi Klein, Nicholas von Hoffman, William Greider, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Gary Younge

Michael Eric Dyson, Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina & the Color of Disaster (Basic, 2006, 258 pp., $23)

Jed Horne, Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina & the Near Death of a Great American City (Random House, 2006, 412 pp., $25.95)

John Brown Childs, ed., Hurricane Katrina: Response & Responsibilities (Pacific View Press, 2005, 82 pp., $10)—among the 31 contributors: Wynton Marsalis, Bettina Aptheker, Grace Lee Boggs, David Cohen, Jeremy Brecher,
Michael Lerner

Eric Mann, Katrina’s Legacy: White Racism & Black Reconstruction in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast (Frontlines, 2006, 215 pp., $15)

NB: Other miscellaneous Katrina-related items are to be found in the Resources section of this and future P&R issues and at www.prrac.org/projects/katrina.php.
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