“Lost in Katrina
is powerful! It is the human experience during the worst storm in America’s history. Mike Schaefer has captured the stories of those who not only miraculously survived, but went on to become heroes.”
—Angela Hill, WWL-TV anchor, New Orleans
“Mike Schaefer listens. And because he listens so well, we get to hear the real stories of Katrina and St. Bernard Parish. I’ve seen the aftermath there with my own eyes and thought what must it have been like when the storm hit, when the floods came? Now we know. And what a story.”
—Harry Smith, CBS News
“When friends ask me what Katrina was really like, this is the book I’ll recommend to them. The individual stories Mike tells, of survival and loss, desperation and heroism, perfectly capture the unreal chaos that was Katrina. Even if, like I did, you think you know all about the storm and its aftermath, you’ll find something new, and, no doubt, inspiring, in this book.”
—Tracy Smith, CBS News correspondent
This book offers insightful, emotional accounts of life before, during, and immediately after Hurricane Katrina in a parish that seemingly disappeared from the government’s sight. While President Bush was shaking hands with FEMA director Michael Browne (“Brownie,” as he will long be remembered) on the fourth day after the storm, St. Bernard Parish was struggling to salvage what they could.
As the rest of the world watched the worst of humanity emerge on television, ordinary people did extraordinary things to save the parish that found itself almost completely submerged in floodwater. Heart-wrenching stories of the human will to survive offer an inside perspective on what it means to be a survivor of Hurricane Katrina.