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Five Days at Memorial

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Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
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Jan 26, 2016 | ISBN 9780307718976

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“That so many people, starkly divided over the question of whether crimes had been committed, come off as decent and appealing makes this book an absorbing read. Dr. Fink brings a shimmering intelligence to its many narrative cul-de-sacs, which consider medical, legal and ethical issues. . . . By reporting the depth of those gruesome hours in Memorial before the helicopters came, and giving weight to medical ethics as grounded in the law, Sheri Fink has written an unforgettable story. Five Days at Memorial is social reporting of the first rank.”—Jason Berry, The New York Times
 
“What we have here is masterly reporting and the glow of fine writing.”—Sherwin B. Nuland, The New York Times Book Review
 
“A stunning feat of journalism.”New York Review of Books
 
“A triumph of journalism . . . Fink re-creates this world with mastery and sensitivity, revealing the full humanity of each character. Unlike post-storm commentary that jumped to black and white conclusions, painting the doctors as heroes or villains, Fink’s narrative wades through the muck and finds only real people making tough choices under circumstances the rest of us, if we’re lucky, will never experience.”Houston Chronicle
 
“The journalist and doctor Sheri Fink published a meticulous investigation of these deaths in the New York Times Magazine and on the Web site of ProPublica, in 2009. Her work won a Pulitzer Prize. And now comes the book. In Five Days at Memorial, the contours of the story remain the same, yet Fink imbues them with far more narrative richness, making the doctors seem both more sympathetic and more culpable. Fink also expands on the ethical conundrums, which have festered over time and seem to gain fresh urgency.”The New Yorker
 
“In a high-speed world that reduces reality to black and white, Sheri Fink slows down to examine every achingly tough decision made by medical responders to Hurricane Katrina. The riveting result is nuanced and leaves you asking, ‘Well, what would I have done?’ Wow.”—Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer and author of I Heard the Sirens Scream

“Powerful . . . Fink, a trained physician turned journalist, is able to recreate in minute detail the sights, smells and sounds of Memorial in the days following the storm. It’s safe to say that her medical background gave her a unique perspective, which, coupled with her fine writing, offers the reader an evocative narrative of how the hospital staff and patients struggled to cope with the lack of electricity, climbing temperatures, and a sense that they might not make it out alive.”USA Today

“Fink, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who trained as a physician, writes powerfully of the investigation into the Memorial deaths and, in her epilogue, of subsequent disasters: the earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast, an influenza pandemic in India.”—Radhika Jones, Time

Awards

American Medical Writers Association Medical Book Award WINNER 2014

Los Angeles Times Book Prizes WINNER 2014

Lukas Prize Project: J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize WINNER 2014

National Book Critics Circle Awards WINNER 2013

PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction WINNER 2015

Ron Ridenhour Book Award WINNER 2014

SIBA Book Award WINNER 2014

Science in Society Journalism Awards WINNER 2014

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction FINALIST 2014

Carnegie Medal FINALIST 2014

New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism FINALIST 2014

PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award FINALIST 2014

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