PRLog - Oct. 15, 2009 - EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. -- Harris was a California tourist who was unable to get out of New Orleans after the evacuation was issued. His memoir is a first person account of the horrible conditions he encountered in and around the Superdome. Immediately upon hearing the evacuation orders he tried to leave from the Amtrak/Greyhound Station but those were both closed as was the airport, apparently all 2 days prior to the storm.
Diary From the Dome cover. Photo taken by author 9/2/05
Rumors of rapes and murders, stepping over filthy urine and e.coli soaked cardboard that thousands used as their beds on the Superdome floor, the author shares where he felt the media got it right and wrong in their coverage, the incredible power of fear that controlled the emotions of those inside the Dome, the dynamics of "Groupthink,"
The author, who has visited New Orleans eight times as a tourist, bares his soul in this memoir, complete with personal photographs he took in and around the Superdome. In addition, such factoids as the airport, train, and bus station being closed the day prior to the mandatory evacuation was issued are discussed.
Also not commonly known was that there was a large group of mainly white international students who the author was able to hook up with. Later they all would be "smuggled" out of the Dome after 3 days to the Sports Arena and the following day to the Hyatt Regency Hotel where Mayor Nagin was at his command post. All of this was done covertly to avoid possible rioting. Later, many within the group were caught looting from the Hyatt.
The book, which has received all 5-star ratings on Amazon.com as well as being the winner of the New Covey Cover Awards for the "Most Eye-Catching Cover," April 2009
offers tips to readers on how to better prepare for future disasters of all sorts both psychologically and practically, and of crucial importance, tips to emergency responders about how to maintain better communication with victims and evacuees.
"As a Nobel Prize winner I challenge President Obama to live up to his Nobel and to redirect 25% of the Iraq War spending by Christmas, to help rebuild our own country in the Gulf area!"
The book is available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble or directly from the publisher at 1-800-882-3273 for $12.95.
About the Author:
Paul Harris was born in Sacramento, California and studied Psychology and Political Science at the University of California, Davis. He has been active for decades in various environmental and civil rights causes and lived in San Diego, California from 1984-2008, serving as a Probation Officer as well as 21 years as a Library Supervisor at the University of California, San Diego. Last year he retired to the idyllic enclave of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
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