Presidents Herbert Clark Hoover and George Walker Bush were
challenged many times during their political careers. "On Floods
and Photo Ops: How Herbert Hoover and George W. Bush Exploited
Catastrophes" focuses on the visual record of two such tests: the
relief efforts led by Commerce Secretary Hoover during the 1927
Mississippi River flood and the Bush team's response to Hurricane
Katrina. By concentrating on these two historic events, Paul Martin
Lester discusses political photography, particularly the use of
photo ops during catastrophes. He illuminates the evolution of a
genre and explores the differences and similarities between these
two American politicians. Hoover and Bush reached the pinnacle of
political achievement, only to lose in the court of popular
From two photo ops that occurred almost eighty years apart,
Lester offers a model for close readings and comparisons of images
in practicing visual history. Under Lester's examination, these
otherwise unremarkable photographs speak volumes about political
response to natural disasters. He offers readers not just a deeper
appreciation of these pictures but a methodology for seriously
studying photographs and what they can reveal about a historical
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