Path of Destruction

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Path of Destruction

The Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms

By John McQuaid; Mark Schleifstein

Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316016421, 368pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2006

At 5:02 A.M. on August 29, 2005, Power Went Out in the Superdome. Not long after, wind ripped giant white rubber sheets off the roof and sent huge shards of debris flying toward Uptown. Rivulets of rainwater began finding their way down through the ceiling, dripping and pouring into the stands, the mezzanine, and the football field. Without ventilation, the air began to get gamy with the smell of sweat and garbage. The bathrooms stopped working. Many people slept; others waited, mostly in silence.

About the Author
John McQuaid is the author of "Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat" and his journalism has appeared in "Smithsonian" magazine, "The" "Washington Post", "Wired",, and "Eating Well" magazine. His science and environment reporting for "The Times-Picayune" anticipated Hurricane Katrina, explored the global fisheries crisis and the problems of invasive species. His work has won a Pulitzer Prize, as well as awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Biological Sciences, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. McQuaid is a graduate of Yale. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife and two children.