The ultimate inside story: how bureaucracy, politics, and a disregard of science combined to cripple - perhaps forever - a great American city
As deputy director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center, Ivor van Heerden had for years been warning state and local officials about New Orleans s vulnerability to flooding. But like Cassandra s, his predictions were ignored - until Hurricane Katrina hit on August 29, 2005. Suddenly, van Heerden found himself at the center of a media maelstrom. Stepping forward to challenge the official version of events, he revealed the truth about the city s shoddy levee construction.
Now, in The Storm, van Heerden shares up-to-the-minute reporting from his investigations and connects the dots among the Army Corps of Engineers, the bureaucrats, the politicians, and the chain of events - both natural and human - that culminated in catastrophe. An epic of cutting- edge science and systemic bureaucratic failure, The Storm is the first book from a major player in the Katrina disaster and a riveting narrative that brings expertise, passion, and a human viewpoint to America s greatest natural disaster.
[An] important book.... [Van Heerden is] a man with a story to get out who is gradually finding a way to do it.... And he does it simply, commonsensically, with illustrations to clarify his points.