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The Year Before the Flood: A Story of New Orleans
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Chicago Review Pr
Publication date September 1, 2009
Pages 452
Binding Hardcover
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781556528248
ISBN-10 1556528248
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.70 lbs.
Original list price $27.95
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With a style the Los Angeles Times calls as “vivid and fast-moving as the music he loves,” Ned Sublette’s powerful new book drives the reader through the potholed, sinking streets of the United States’s least-typical city.

 

In this eagerly awaited follow-up to The World That Made New Orleans, Sublette’s award-winning history of the Crescent City’s colonial years, he traces an arc of his own experience, from the white supremacy of segregated 1950s Louisiana through the funky year of 2004–2005--the last year New Orleans was whole. By turns irreverent, joyous, darkly comic, passionate, and polemical, The Year Before the Flood juxtaposes the city’s crowded calendar of parties, festivals, and parades with the murderousness of its poverty and its legacy of racism. Along the way, Sublette opens up windows of American history that illuminate the present: the trajectory of Mardi Gras from pre–Civil War days, the falsification of Southern history in movies, the city’s importance to early rock and roll, the complicated story of its housing projects, the uniqueness of its hip-hop scene, and the celebratory magnificence of the participatory parades known as second lines. With a grand, unforgettable cast of musicians and barkeeps, scholars and thugs, vibrating with the sheer excitement of New Orleans, The Year Before the Flood is an affirmation of the power of the city’s culture and a heartbreaking tale of loss that definitively establishes Ned Sublette as a great American writer for the 21st century. 

 



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Hardcover
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1 edition from Chicago Review Pr (September 1, 2009)
9781556528248 | details & prices | 452 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.70 lbs | List price $27.95
About: With a style the Los Angeles Times calls as “vivid and fast-moving as the music he loves,” Ned Sublette’s powerful new book drives the reader through the potholed, sinking streets of the United States’s least-typical city.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781613736746
 
Reprint edition from Chicago Review Pr (February 1, 2017)
9781613736746 | details & prices | 496 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.30 in. | List price $19.99
About: Ned Sublette traces an arc of his own experience, from the white supremacy of segregated 1950s Louisiana through the funky year of 2004–2005.
Miscellaneous
from Lawrence Hill Books (September 1, 2009)
9781569763216 | details & prices | 496 pages | List price $22.95

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