Southern Miss economics professor, other authors release "Katrina Ten Years After"

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Capturing the big picture and delving into some of the most troublesome aspects of what happened in the ten years after Katrina rocked New Orleans and Mississippi, in Katrina Ten Years After , Dr. Mark Klinedinst and six co-authors offer a truthful description of the aftermath from the worst hurricane on record. Ten years of culling information, data, interviews, and personal stories provide readers a unique perspective on the destruction and the long-term process of rebuilding. Dissecting the socio-economic and cultural factors of the many distinctive populations in the affected areas, and the response on a local and national level, will help us understand how to better prepare—and react—when the next big one hits.
    Dr. Klinedinst explains, "We lived through Katrina and although no book can capture all the dimensions of a disaster of this magnitude, we mix personal stories with hard, researched social science. We love this area and want the alarming aspects of Katrina to be understood, as well as the resiliency and generosity that was, and still is, so prevalent."
    In Katrina Ten Years After, readers will learn the economics, science, social/cultural aspects, and history of the two most devastated areas in the worst natural disaster in the U.S. In this fascinating and informative book containing photographs, data charts and embedded interview audio files about the rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina, aspects of the aftermath examined include:
•    The outpouring of assistance from neighbors, faith-based and volunteer groups, emergency staff, the nation, and the world
•    Discrepancies between the poor and the privileged in regards to decision making and rebuilding resources, and examples of how Federal money was used
•    How the best efforts at rebuilding came from local people being involved and committed to seeing their cities and businesses back up and running
•    The toll of the aftermath: Why the actual death toll from Katrina was much higher than the "official" reported count
•    Preparing for future disasters: The greatest lessons learned from those who lived through it

About the Author:

Dr. Mark Klinedinst is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Southern Mississippi. Having received his doctorate from Cornell University in 1987, he has worked on national and international projects with funding from groups such as the National Science Foundation, World Bank, Filene Research Institute, United Nations and the International Labor Organization, and acts as a reviewer for a number of economics journals. Dr. Klinedinst has published in the European Economic Review, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Economic Issues and a number of other outlets. He is a founder of the Hattiesburg Downtown Farmers Market and is President of the Pine Belt Chapter of the Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi.