Daniel Rothschild on Rebuilding New Orleans


From the moment seven years ago today that Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana and Mississippi, pundits started using the storm as a metaphor for the citizen's relationship to the state. One of the best things about The Fight for Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back, a compelling new book about the rebuilding effort, is that it sets aside national politics and Red Team/Blue Team narratives, Daniel Rothschild writes in his review. Instead it focuses on a handful of New Orleans–area residents and outside volunteers to tell the story of rebuilding the city one house, block, and neighborhood at a time.