PRLog - Jan. 11, 2010 - NEW ORLEANS -- The outstanding success of the New Orleans Saints this year has been an emotional and financial boost for the still-recovering City. As a small token of his appreciation and to get his important non-fiction story heard, the author, Paul Harris has pledge one autographed copy of his book per public library in the U.S. who responds to his offer, first come first served.
Book cover. Photo taken by author 9/2/05 from the window of the Hyatt Regency.
As the frantic media reported of rapes and murders, toilets overflowing, evacuees stepping over dead bodies, filthy cardboard that thousands used as their bedding 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, and a review of what actually took place in that putrid environment.
The author, Paul Harris was a San Diego tourist who was unable to escape NOLA after the mandatory evacuation was issued. His memoir is a first person account of the horrific conditions inside the Superdome, but also a story of the humanity and caring he encountered in and around the Dome.
The book 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
The book offers tips to readers on how to better prepare for future disasters, whether it's floods, earthquakes, fires, etc., both mentally and practically, and of crucial importance, it offers tips to emergency responders such as CERT and FEMA about how to maintain better communication with victims and evacuees. A movie producer in San Diego has already met with Harris to discuss his story possibly being made into a movie.
The book is available directly from the publisher, Vantage Press at 1-800-882-3273 or online at Amazon, Borders, and Barnes and Noble.
Paul Harris was born in Sacramento, California and studied Political Science and Psychology at the University of California, Davis. He's been active for decades in various environmental and civil rights causes, and contributing opinion pieces to various media. He lived in San Diego, California from 1984-2008, serving as a Probation Officer, security guard, as well as 21 years as a Library Supervisor at the University of California, San Diego. He is a frequent visitor to New Orleans. Last year he retired to the idyllic enclave of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
LIBRARIANS: Please contact the email below beginning as soon as possible after the 1/16/10 Saints game ends (no sooner.) Libraries with a contact and snail mail address will be sent a copy free (postage paid) first come first served as described above, until supply runs out.
(When requesting a review copy, please provide a street address.)