Thursday, August 13, 2009

1 Dead in Attic by Chris Rose

I had a trip to New Orleans planned so I decided to go to the library and get some history books. I saw 1 Dead In Attic and remembered seeing Chris Rose on No Reservations talking to Anthony Bourdain. He was a slight mess and pretty emotional about Katrina and the aftermath, even years later. I got the book anyways.

This is basically a series of Rose's newspaper articles that he wrote, editorials pretty much. Very emotional, very raw and, sometimes, very upsetting. He left his wife and kids with family in Maryland and went back to their New Orleans home to report on the aftermath of Katrina. His home was relatively undamaged but Rose completely immersed himself in the misery that other people were living. He described everyone there as living with post traumatic stress disorder and he couldn't have been more right.

Rose completely opened himself up and became an "embedded journalist", as he called himself, and the war he saw took a huge toll on him, which is evident in his writing.

This is truly a good book to read to try and understand what was happening down there that the news didn't report to you. Made me cry more than once.
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