Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
James Miller was an executive with the National Football League when he was offered and accepted the position of director of intercollegiate athletics at the University of New Orleans hoping for a quieter life. During his six years at the institute he faced many obstacles that would have defeated many. However, Miller would not allow those challenges to defeat him; not even a hurricane could stop him. When the former Kentucky native took the position with UNO he never expected he would be risking his life in the midst of a hurricane. Hurricane Katrina was not the only problem Miller faced in his new position, just the worst one. The athletic budget was very small and tight at the University, however, Miller was frugal and usually managed to stretch the funds. During his first year with the University of New Orleans, just a few hours before a championship game the Superdome sprung a leak. After the destruction of Hurricane Katrina he rebuilt the athletic program at the school.
"Where the Water Kept Rising: A College Athletic Director's Fight to Save a New Orleans Institution" will appeal to fans of college sports and human interest stories. "Where the Water Kept Rising" is an entertaining read. I was especially interested in the author's experiences during the hurricane. His descriptions were so realistic I could almost hear the roar of the wind and the pounding of the rain. This book is well written and organized. The author has included several human interest stories that will particularly please sports fans. I highly recommend this book.