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It Takes a Nation: How Strangers Became Family in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina [Paperback]

By C. B. Smith (Editor), C. B. Smith (Photographer) & Barack Obama (Foreward By)
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Edited by the cultural director of, It Takes a Nation tells the extraordinary story of how thousands of Americans came together to provide shelter, sustenance, and hope to survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Through's Hurricane Housing website, volunteers brought aid to evacuees by providing housing, cars, jobs, clothes, healthcare, and, perhaps most important, community. Presenting a positive contrast to the national shame that was widely felt about the Bush administration's handling of the Katrina crisis, these candid first-person accounts and portraits are a moving testament to the power of everyday people to make miracles happen.

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Pages   134
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 10.25" Height: 10"
Weight:   1.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 29, 2006
Publisher   Earth Aware
ISBN  1932771867  
ISBN13  9781932771862  

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Poorly written, severly disorganized thoughts...  Mar 7, 2008
"It Takes A Nation" is a terrible disappointment and a slap in the face to the families who suffered in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In his attempt to show how tragedies bring people together, Barack Obama has trivialized how the hurricane destroyed communities. Of all the books I have read about Hurricane Katrina, this is by far the worst. The author is obviously out-of-touch with reality...
Impressive, but Not Much For a Book!  May 19, 2007
"It Takes a Nation" tells the story of how moveon created the idea of people across the U.S. helping 30,000 of those displaced by Katrina to find shelter, and possibly even a new start. While this was an impressive accomplishment, it fails to provide riveting material for a full book.
Truly Inspiring and Thought Provoking!   Dec 19, 2006
IT TAKES A NATION is a great book how people in America came together after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. It presents thorough first person accounts the stories of both the courage and perseverance of the survivors as well as the generosity and bravery of those who opened their houses and hearts to them- the helpers. Americans (and some non-Americans!) became family despite being of different races, religions, genders, ages, and classes.

The stories of course, are much more than just narrations of friendships and happy encounters. Both survivors and the helpers candidly narrate the horrors of Katrina: being in houses watching water levels rise higher and higher, living for days on end in the Super Dome facing riots, rapes and murders, leaving behind family members and pets and wondering if they would survive, and the utter failure of action on the part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The survivors also give an in depth look at their city, New Orleans- a vibrant city of culture and music, but also a den of corruption and crime. A repeated element was the power of water in New Orleans: One survivor mentioned that she is able to differentiate the rain water, the water of the canal and the sea just by the smell and its feel in the air. Another theme was the unique and famous food bringing survivors and helpers together: red beans, ham, gumbo, jambalaya...

Interspersed among the stories are truly fantastic pictures. Some show the hurricane from an aerial/satellite view, others show pictures of houses and buildings flooded to roof tops, yet others show the great destruction wrought by the hurricane and the aftermath. Of course, there are charming pictures of the Survivors and helpers and their families.

All in all, this is a truly inspiring and thought provoking book. As many of the helpers mentioned, they felt that housing someone is a much more meaningful way to assist someone in need than just sending money. Furthermore, they felt that since their intentions were noble, they felt that they would have a good experience (and not end up housing a serial killer or violent criminal)- and this was more than borne out by their experiences. I thought, wow, hopefully one day I will have enough generosity of spirit to help in such a personal way.

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