Check out this blog post on author Sandy Rosenthal’s website, Levees.org, about her widely received unboxing video.
It’s standard for authors to create a short film of themselves seeing their new book for the first time.
Levees.org founder Sandy Rosenthal created such a video for her debut book Words Whispered in Water: Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina (Mango Publishing, August 2020).
She enlisted help from her cousin Max Cusimano of Nola Vid who refused to accept compensation for his work. And Mr. Cusimano wanted to try a departure from the standard “first look.”
The result is a surprising video packed into 75 seconds of action. The video is now trending and has been viewed over 38,000 times on Facebook and Twitter.
The book is selected by Publishers Weekly in Politics and Current Events for Fall of 2020. It has been a #1 New Release on Amazon.com for 32 weeks.
The book arrives on time for the 15th anniversary of the flooding disaster which took 1,577 lives according to the National Hurricane Center.
Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina
It’s a horror story, a mystery, and David and Goliath story all in one. In 2005, the entire world watched as a major U.S. city was nearly wiped off the map. The levees ruptured and New Orleans drowned. But while newscasters attributed the New Orleans flood to “natural catastrophes” and other types of disasters, citizen investigator Sandy Rosenthal set out to expose the true culprit and compel the media and government to tell the truth. This is her story.