I don’t know if I would normally refer to a book as crazy but I don’t really know how else to describe this one.

Five Days at Memorial follows the story of one hospital in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. The story begins in the days before the storm, based on true events and also explains the history of hurricanes in New Orleans. The author prefaces the story with an explanation of how she gathered the information and how she tried to keep the story as accurate as possible, based on the memories of people at the hospital. The story also follows the aftermath following the storm and how the decisions made during the emergencies changed lives forever.

The book was around 300 pages once the notes were removed. I found the story challenging to read because it changes in time occassionally and there are so many people to keep track of. The story documents the experiences of doctors, nurses, patients and their families as well as other volunteers. In addition to the people in the hospital, the story also tells the story from the point of view of lawyers, police officers, politicians and other people in the city. The book is extremely intense, sometimes horrific and not a light afternoon beach read but it is an interesting, important story that people should not completely ignore for fear of repeating mistakes.

Have you read Five Days at Memorial?

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