there have been many projects created on the subject of Hurricane
Katrina. Recently, Spike
Lee's documentary on the storm appeared on HBO.
In addition, a number of news magazine shows are planning to have special
features on the one year anniversary of the storm. The
Weather Channel already had it's commemoration. Written in late
Katrina: The Storm That Changed America by TIME
Books is a nice collage of images, diagrams, timelines, and stories
that surrounded the devastating storm that struck the Gulf Coast a year
ago this month. There is even an introduction given by famed Jazz Musician,
Wynton Marsalis, who goes to great lengths in explaining what the city
of New Orleans means to all of us, and why it is imperative that this
great cultural gumbo of life is rebuilt.
is only 136 pages long, but it is still a typically good book by TIME,
whose parent company, Time-Warner,
also runs CNN, which had great coverage
of the storm and its aftermath. There are a lot of photos in this book
that capture the fury and violence of the storm as well as the desperation,
despair, pain and heartache of the days following its landfall. In addition,
there are fine excerpts on some of the key players in the debacle that
was the recovery effort on behalf of the local, state, and federal governments.
Another element of this book that is a constant in many editions of
TIME Magazine, and that is diagrams that break down what happened before,
during, and after with Katrina. At the end of the book, there is even
a segment on Hurricane Rita, which also caused
additional impact to the Big Easy as well as other parts of the Louisiana
coast. Speaking of Bayou country, there is discussion of the situation
with the coastal regions or wetlands of Louisiana.
covers the calamity caused by Hurricane Katrina in all of its aspects:
the cultural, social, economic, personal, environmental, and scientific.
It gives a complete account of what this storm did not only in terms
of the damage created itself, but also by the bureaucratic
bungling from all levels of government. There were some things that
caused me some discomfort during the reading of this book. One was the
occasional spelling mistake, which occurred more often than I expected
from a book made by TIME. Then, on top of that were the numerous inaccuracies
with regards to the date Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Coast.
Instead of saying it was August 29th, the book often referred to it
as September 29th. I was quite disappointed by that glaring mistake
since this is made by a news based organization. Aside from that, I
was happy with the book. Proceeds from the purchase of the book helped
the American Red Cross, but that deal was only through December 31,
to understand what happened with Katrina in the late summer of 2005,
you have to grasp the social, cultural, economic, and political impacts
from this storm. Hurricane Katrina was a storm that brought to many
Americans attention that there are many problems here at home in the
United States. TIME's book, Hurricane Katrina: The Storm That Changed
America, brings all of that together in a short, concise manner with
detailed photos and diagrams that breaks down and analyzes the storm's
impact to the Central Gulf Coast. Despite some glaring spelling mistakes
and basic inaccuracies, I still feel that this is a good book to purchase.
If you are looking for a book that gives a good story on Hurricane Katrina
in photos, diagrams, and in a magazine like manner, to buy this book.