Author Puts Out Challenge to President Obama in New Orleans.

Paul Harris has pledge that 25% of his book profits from "Diary of the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina" will go to charities in the New Orleans area. He challenges Obama to redirect 25% of Iraq spending to our own Gulf area.
By: Paul Harris
Diary From the Dome cover. Photo taken by author 9/2/05
Diary From the Dome cover. Photo taken by author 9/2/05
Oct. 14, 2009 - PRLog -- Harris was a San Diego tourist who was unable to get out of New Orleans after the evacuation was issued. His memoir is a first person account of the horrific conditions he encountered in and around the Superdome.

Rumors of rapes and murders, stepping over filthy 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," and a discussion of what actually took place in that dank environment.

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 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."

Harris has pledged 25% of all of his profits from the sales of new books to local non-profit charitable organizations in the New Orleans area.  The book is available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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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