Minority Storm Report
The Politics of Disaster: Katrina, Big Government, and a New Strategy for
by Marvin Olasky
W Publishing Group, 2006
(231 pages, $22.99, hardcover)
reviewed by Anne Hendershott
In the year since Hurricane Katrina blew through the South, more than a dozen books were published to document the disaster—and levy the blame. Most of the books, like Douglas Brinkley’s The Great Deluge and Jed Horne’s Breach of Faith, find fault with the government response. Others, like Michael Eric Dyson’s Come Hell or High Water, blame racism for the plight of the poor, mostly black victims trapped for days in the rising floodwaters.
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Anne Hendershott is Professor of Urban Affairs at the King's College in New York City (www.tkc.edu). She is the author of Status Envy: The Politics of Catholic Higher Education (Transaction, 2008). She and her husband have two grown children and are members of St. Mary's Church in Milford, Connecticut.
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