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USA Today, 8/23/15: A four-star review by Gene Seymour

"A lean, taut narrative...[a] vital, comprehensive account of Hurricane Katrina’s long-term impact on the city of New Orleans comes across less as a 10-year-anniversary marker of an indelible calamity and more as an up-to-the-minute microcosm of our larger society."


The New York Times Book Review, 8/16/15, by Nathaniel Rich

"Rivlin is a sharp observer and a dogged reporter. He is unerringly compassionate toward his subjects…But Rivlin’s most valuable journalistic skill is his acute sensitivity to absurdity…a valuable book."


Kirkus, 7/1/15, a starred review

“Former NY Times reporter Rivlin delivers a magnificently reported account of life in a broken, waterlogged city…exquisitely detailed narrative…deeply engrossing, well-written, and packed with revealing stories.”


St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/8/15, by Tim Bross

"A gem of a book—well-reported, deftly written, tightly focused. It’s a book that will appeal to the urban planner and the Mardi Gras reveler."


New York Daily News

Katrina: After the Flood is as harrowing as it is riveting in recounting the tale of a city too broken to fight off its predatory would-be saviors…a balanced and comprehensive chronicle.”


San Francisco Bay View (“national black newspaper”), by Orissa Arend, 7/29/15

"A carefully researched, beautifully written book."


Nature magazine, August 2015, by Barbara Kiser,  (subscription required)

"Journalist Gary Rivlin sweeps from street to boardroom in this history of the aftermath… As Rivlin sharply reminds us, overcoming disasters is very much an issue of governance."


Florida Courier, 8/6/15, by Glenn C. Altschuler

"Sweeping and searching, Katrina is a Category Five expose of disastrous disaster relief.”


The (New Orleans) Gambit, 8/10/15, by Kevin Allman

"Pieces together a tapestry of portraits and tales that should place this as one of the definitive books on the subject.”


John Lingan, Virginia Quarterly Review

"A deeply-reported, character-driven procedural, not unlike the classics of its kind, such as And the Band Played On or The Warmth of Other Suns.”


BookPage, August 2015

“A skillful storyteller, Rivlin delivers a fascinating report on a city transformed by tragedy.”


Jason Hutter, New Orleans Living

"In the last decade, few tales equal that of Hurricane Katrina in proportion or the amount of media devoted to it, yet non-fiction writer Gary Rivlin has woven a narrative so fresh in perspective and focus, his new book reminds us of how many personal accounts of this monumental event still beg to be told."


Lee Polevoi, Highbrow Magazine

"A lucid and sympathetic account of a vital American metropolis crushed by natural forces and beset by issues of race and class in its ongoing attempts to recover.”