Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-ravaged Hospital (Paperback)
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-ravaged Hospital (Paperback)
zoom

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-ravaged Hospital (Paperback)

(author)
1 Review Sign in to write a review
£14.99
Paperback 576 Pages / Published: 06/02/2014
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 1 week

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

In the tradition of the best writing on human behaviour and moral choices in the face of disaster, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at New Orleans' Memorial Medical Center during Hurricane Katrina and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos.

After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.

Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.

In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are for the impact of large-scale disasters - and how we can do better. A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish, Five Days at Memorial radically transforms our understanding of human nature in crisis.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781782393740
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 761 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 42 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Extraordinary... A profound and unforgettable piece of journalism * Sunday Times *
Gripping... an illuminating investigation into the chaos that consumed a hospital during Hurricane Katrina... It reminds an international audience that literature can soar to artistic and intellectual heights undreamed of in other realms of media. * Independent *
[A] superb and remarkable book... Gripping * Mail on Sunday *
A tight, provocative and gripping read * Observer *
An impressive and important book * Spectator *
Riveting * Financial Times *
Masterfully and compassionately reported and as gripping as a thriller, the book poses reverberating questions about end-of-life care, race discrimination in medicine and how individuals and institutions break down during disasters. * New York Times *
In this astonishing blend of Pulitzer-Prize winning journalism and breathtaking narration, [Fink] chronicles the chaotic evacuation of the hospital and the agonizing ethical, physical and emotional quandaries facing Memorial nurses and doctors * Publishers Weekly, Starred Review *
Fink offers a stunning re-creation of the storm, its aftermath, and the investigation that followed... Both a breathtaking read and an essential book for understanding how people behave in times of crisis * Booklist, Starred Review *
Fink draws those few days in the hospital's life with a fine, lively pen, providing stunningly framed vignettes of activities in the hospital and sharp pocket profiles of many of the characters * Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review *

You may also be interested in...

A Higher Loyalty
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Into the Wild
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram
Added to basket
An Elephant in My Kitchen
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
A Street Cat Named Bob
Added to basket
Where Has Mummy Gone?
Added to basket
SAS Ghost Patrol
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Into the Fire
Added to basket
Battle Scars
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
Love as Always, Mum xxx
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
All My Mother's Secrets
Added to basket
A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings
Added to basket
The Girl Who Wanted to Belong
Added to basket
The Billion Dollar Spy
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
In Order To Live
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Secret Barrister
Added to basket
£16.99   £13.99
Hardback

Reviews

View all

“Life and Death”

Five Days at Memorial is a harrowing but touching piece of investigatory writing based around Memorial Hospital in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina. Sheri Fink impartially details the rapidly deteriorating... More

Paperback edition
1st April 2014
Helpful? Upvote 45

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.