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Hurricane Katrina: The Mississippi Story [Hardcover]

James Patterson Smith

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Book Description

March 5 2012
This is a compelling account of the incredible impact Hurricane Katrina had on Mississippi's Gulf Coast. This book presents the fullest account yet written of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Rooted in a wealth of oral histories, it tells the dramatic but underreported story of a people who confronted the unprecedented devastation of sixty five thousand homes when the hurricane swept a record thirty-foot storm surge across a seventy-five-mile stretch of unprotected Mississippi towns and cities. The heroes of this saga are the local people and local officials. In often moving accounts, the book addresses the Mississippi Gulf Coast's long struggle to remove an impossible volume of debris and get on with the rebuilding of homes, schools, jobs, and public infrastructure.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Mississippi (Trd) (March 5 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617030236
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617030239
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g

Product Description


"In "Hurricane Katrina: The Mississippi Story," James Patterson Smith explores how the massive storm of 2005 impacted coastal Mississippi. Because of the catastrophic events caused by Katrina in nearby New Orleans, the destruction wrought in south Mississippi, where the hurricane actually made landfall, has often been overlooked. In addition to recounting the depth of the natural disaster in Mississippi, Smith illustrates how south Mississippians persevered to rebuild their communities and their lives in the storm's aftermath." -Charles C. Bolton, author of "The Hardest Deal of All: The Battle over School Integration in Mississippi, 1870-1980"

About the Author

James Patterson Smith is professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book on Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi Aug. 5 2012
By Jerry - Published on
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I moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast just six weeks prior to the arrival of Hurricane Katrina. The book is well researched and well written. As a matter of fact, it is one of those books that you sometimes hear people describe as being hard to put down once you start reading. at least that was true for me. The book describes
the great destruction and damage to property, the loss of human life, and the spirit of the people as they picked up the pieces and started the recovery process. The recovery process still goes on to this day and the author is to be commended for sharing Mississippi's story.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars oral histories are the best- this is great June 13 2012
By David - Published on
This is a fascinating collection, which describes how people were affected by Katrina far better than the dry reports one read in the news. Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America is a particularly good book, on an earlier storm, which also uses some oral history. When I was in training, for my job, they used to say you don't understand anything until you hear the "war stories". Here is the Katrina "war story".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurricane Katrina The Mississippi Story Nov. 13 2012
By kspiers - Published on
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Finally a story about Mississippi (that land mass between Alabama and Louisiana) I know that New Orleans was devestated by Katrina but the media forgot about the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast. Who may I remind you, plulled up their boots and moved on! Thank you for sharing the Mississippi side!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good July 1 2012
By Peace Village - Published on
Oral stories are a very useful part of history. This is a good collection of same. I wish historians did more stuff like this, it really brings news headlines into perspective.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gregg L. Friedman MD, Psychiatrist, Hallandale Beach, FL Sept. 15 2012
By Julie L. Friedman - Published on
Hurricane Katrina is a great book to read but I wish it would have mentioned more about the fact that Hurricane Katrina made a direct hit on Golden Beach, FL 3 days before it hit New Orleans. By Gregg L. Friedman MD, Psychiatrist, Hallandale Beach, FL

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