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‘Five Days at Memorial’ by Sheri Fink

Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath produced great dramas and tragedies, many played out eight years ago before transfixed television audiences. Along with the devastation wrought by nature in New Orleans and across the Gulf Coast, we witnessed the failures caused by feeble disaster preparations and delayed and inadequate governmental responses.

Less visible initially were the anguished decisions of individuals caught up in these awful circumstances. As Sheri Fink shows in “Five Days at Memorial,” those decisions were revelatory not only of character but of the ethical complexities of making life-and-death judgments in the absence of perfect information and clear guidelines.

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