The Ghost City
New York Review of Books, October 6, 2005, #15, online edition
The author traces the history of New Orleans, emphasizing its role as the pivot of the American economy: “All of the rivers flowed into one —the Mississippi—and the Mississippi flowed to the ports in and around one city: New Orleans. It was in New Orleans that the barges from upstream were unloaded and their cargos stored, sold, and reloaded on oceangoing vessels.” Discussing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he maintains: “New Orleans is not optional for the United States' commercial infrastructure. Vulnerable to inundation, it is a terrible place for a city to be located, but exactly the place where a city must exist.” George Friedman is associated with Stratfor, a private geopolitical and public policy intelligence firm. He was the Founder and Director of the Center for Geopolitical Studies at Louisiana State University.
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