Michiko Kakutani positively reviews two new books about Hurricane Katrina in the NYT. The first is The Great Deluge by Tulane historian Douglas Brinkley. Brinkley is a New Orleans native, and his book provides tremendous detail, as well as a personal look at the Hurricane and its aftermath. Douglas Brinkley was on Fresh Air this week. The second book is The Storm by Ivor van Heerden. van Heerden is the co-founder of the LSU Hurricane Center, and his book provides a less personal, more scientific look at what went horribly wrong.
New Orleans’ newspaper, The Times-Picayune, has created a fascinating animated map of the sequence of events that led to the flooding of the city.
Find out how the candidates for mayor of New Orleans would react if they came across Nicole Ritchie and Paris Hilton stranded on a roof top and could only rescue one in this penetrating interview.