If we didn't experience Hurricane Katrina ourselves, we saw it: the ominous red pinwheel on the radar, the wrecked Superdome, the corpses. And certainly we saw our shame — America's inequality, negligence and violence were all laid bare by the storm.
But one tragedy went largely unwitnessed. And this is the subject of Sheri Fink's provocative new book, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer examines what happens when people make life-and-death decisions in a state of anarchy.
Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 10:18 am
As the floodwaters rose in New Orleans over Labor Day weekend in 2005, hundreds of people were left stranded at Memorial Medical Center, in triple-digit temperatures, without power or running water. Not all of them made it out alive — and in the aftermath, several medical professionals were arrested and charged with hastening the deaths of some of the sickest patients.
This week on The Reading Life: Book collector Edwin Blair and Historic New Orleans Collection curator Mark Cave talk about the new exhibit at the HNOC, "Alternative Imprints: Jon Webb, Gypsy Lou and the Hand-Sewn World of the Loujon Press," a fascinating slice of publishing history in New Orleans.
John M. Barry, author of "Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927" and member of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East, talks about his group's lawsuit brought against nearly 100 energy companies for damage done to the state's coast.
True crime author Tony Thompson on his latest book, "Outlaws", about renegade biker gangs.