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America's Great Storm : Leading Through Hurricane Katrina
by Haley Barbour and Jere Nash and Ricky Mathews


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When Hurricane Katrina hit Mississippi on August 29, 2005, it unleashed the costliest natural disaster in American history, and the third deadliest. Haley Barbour had been Mississippi s governor for only twenty months when he assumed responsibility for guiding his pummeled, stricken state s recovery and rebuilding efforts.  Read more...


 
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Overview

When Hurricane Katrina hit Mississippi on August 29, 2005, it unleashed the costliest natural disaster in American history, and the third deadliest. Haley Barbour had been Mississippi s governor for only twenty months when he assumed responsibility for guiding his pummeled, stricken state s recovery and rebuilding efforts. America s Great Storm is not only a personal memoir of his role in that recovery, but also a sifting of the many lessons he learned about leadership in a time of massive crisis.

For the book, the authors interviewed more than forty-five key people involved in helping Mississippi recover, including local, state, and federal officials as well as private citizens who played pivotal roles in the weeks and months following Katrina s landfall. In addition to covering in detail the events of September and October 2005, chapters focus on the special legislative session that allowed casinos to build on shore; the role of the recovery commission chaired by Jim Barksdale; a behind-the-scenes description of working with Congress to pass an unprecedented, multi-billion-dollar emergency disaster assistance appropriation; and the enormous roles played by volunteers in rebuilding the entire housing, transportation, and education infrastructure of South Mississippi and the Gulf Coast.

A final chapter analyzes the leadership skills and strategies Barbour employed on behalf of the people of his state, observations that will be valuable to anyone tasked with managing in a crisis.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781496805065
  • ISBN-10: 1496805062
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publish Date: August 2015
  • Page Count: 276


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Books > History > United States - State & Local - South
Books > Social Science > Disasters & Disaster Relief
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Political

 
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