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 ignoThe 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.
The Storm What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina the Inside Story from One Louisiana Scientist 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
One man s view of what when wrong during Hurricane Katrina.Since I work in emergency management, I try to read just about anything I can that relates to disasters and disaster response operations To quote the oft misquoted George Santayana, Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, and it seems we have spent a good deal of time dulling our senses to the causes of disaster events and the lessons learned in responding to them Hurricane Katrina is perhaps the modern bellwether [...]
After a while it s difficult to tell if this was supposed to be a book of him Van Heerdan venting or if he forgot to warn readers they d be fishing through his flood of opinions for facts.
The prose is a little on the dry side, but van Heerden provides highly informative analysis on the political climate of the time local, state and federal and scientific knowledge The sections discussing the science of levees and the history of FEMA federal structures for disaster management were particularly good Overall, not the best book written on Katrina by far, but not bad If you re a reader who has a particular aversion to biased authors I wouldn t recommend this book.
Review THE STORMThis was the first book I read that was specifically about Hurricane Katrina and its impact on New Orleans I have done extensive research in the area as I have a bachelor s degree in Public Safety Administration Emergency Management, just about completed emergency management certificate and Advanced Professional Certificate from FEMA My job falls in the category of first responder The GoodThis was an excellent accounting of how things were going on behind the scenes by first hand [...]
Review title If it don t stop raining, the levee going to breakThis old blues line pretty much sums up van Heerden s scientific conclusion about the primary source of the flood s damage He writes with the passion of an angry man still in the midst of the circumstances that have raised his ire He also write from his expertise in coastal geology and disaster preparation and management The disaster, he argues vociferously, was not natural Katrina was a Cat 3 storm by the time it hit the city, not t [...]
An excellent book and very informative but I have taken away a star because the author displayed a tendency toward being self aggrandizing and subjective at times Considering that the author is a professional hurricane scientist, perhaps he should have brought his political cards closer to his vest and taken his heart a little bit off his sleeve The exhibition of these instincts are understandable, though, given the subject material it s just that scientists are expected to be objective with th [...]
From a scientist s point of view, the story of Hurricane Katrina is told Lays out the science of a storm and hurricane and helps the reader to understand how levees work and fail Very heavily against the work of the Corps of Engineers and politics as usual in Louisiana, and gives some brief modern history of both The writing is no so conventional in that Heernden is not a writer, per se, but a scientist who is writing as he likely talks As such he goes off on tangents and leads the reader away f [...]
There have been a lot of books written about Katrina.e natural disaster This shows why the devastation did not have to happen, and does not have to happen again.Katrina was forseable.If we only implemented sound scientific , engineering, and enviornmental advice, there still would have been a hurricane, but not the loss of a major American city The inadeqate levees were not built to standard in the first place, ageing, and sinking, and people were ringing alarm bells before Katrina It is possibl [...]
This book starts out great and deteriorates quickly into a rant that is one part legitimate scientific outrage and one part hype sensitive outraged ego The early parts recounting both Van Heerden s early life and the parallel description of the Katrina advent, arrival, and aftermath are outstanding reading Then it gets petty, repetitive, bitter but self serving The descriptions, supported by informative hand drawn diagrams, about why the flooding happened, why the levees failed, and what the pos [...]
This book is the epitome of the science behind why Hurricane Katrina was so devastating to New Orleans and the parishes of St.Bernard and Plaquemines By far this is the best book that I have ever read Ivor van Heedan is a great scientist at the LSU Hurricane Center He and other scientist like Hassan Mashriqui storm surge wizard helped solve the important question of why the levees broke in Orleans, St.Bernard, and Plaquemines parish He goes in great depth of how the Army Corps of Engineers is re [...]
Interesting that this book didn t cause of a stir This LSU scientist accuses the federal government of causing the deaths of 1300 people in New Orleans, by improperly designing the levees and not protecting the barrier islands It showed the ineptness of FEMA in their attempts if they can be called that at rescuing the residents and The Army Corp of Engineers of improperly building the levees Tough book because you know it won t change based on the politics of trying to have our representatives [...]
This was a fantastic book by a scientist at LSU who has been studying the diminishing Louisiana coast for decades He explains what happened during Katrina, and why, from an insider s perspective with scientific research to back it up It s very clear and easy to read, not a bunch of scientific mumbo jumbo He had been telling everyone who would listen what would happen if a Cat 5 storm came to Louisiana, and everything he predicted was correct It makes such common sense, you wonder how Louisiana p [...]
The Storm is a suspenseful, detailed account of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, written by Ivor van Heerden, Deputy Director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center, and co author Mike Bryan Recommended for its insights into the often contentious interactions of scientists and politicians, and for the abundance of evidence it offers to show that the loss of New Orleans, far from being the outcome of a natural disaster, was the result of human negligence.
The scariest part of this book is that the main lessons STILL aren t being heard When was the last time you heard anybody say that the barrier islands need to be restored, in order to protect the wetlands And what s the odds that the same neglect is happening in your neck of the woods, if as is likely , you live near a seashore
More like 2.5 stars.Passionately, if not hurriedly, writtenpossibly to beat the publication of the official findings of other entitiesbut otherwise gets its point across.Poor graphics hand sketches by the author very few citations the author s spiel on this can be summarized by the phrase, just f ckin google it somewhat weaken things.
A very telling account by an LSU scientist whose job for several years before Katrina was to assess Louisiana s state of readiness for just such an emergency He tells us what was known and ignored by politicians and the Army Corps of Engineers, that could have saved thousands of lives and livelihoods He also outlines what needs to be done now to avert similar disasters in the future.
It was refreshing to hear about Katrina from a scientist s perspective Not only did he explain the wetlands and levee situations which he was qualified to speak about he used his scientific thinking to analyze the political mess that caused the tragedy in the first place I work for the federal government and can concur with most of his analysis.
It is very sad how the problems were predicted and yet ignored I wish it had a little about the actual storm and less about the various committees he is on.
I was there, I am still thered everything this man wrote about is true If you have not read this you can t understand why Katrina was a man made event, and not just a natural disaster.
Started out strong and then devolved into a textbook and a bad one at that Some may like it, not my bag.
Though inside look at the forecasting and predicting of Katrina is fascinating.
Good information, if told a bit breathlessly and with a few too many exclamation points Sort of a rough diamond in a rough setting.
Well written with clear explanations of technical details A good choice for a general audience looking for a comprehensive explanation of what happened during Katrina.
This book was pretty great I read it for a research paper I was writing for my environmental studies class and it gave a lot of great information from a first hand perspective and eyewitness.