Author to Donate 50% of His Profits From Katrina Book Sales During the Holidays.

"Diary From the Dome" author Harris has pledged 1/2 of any of his profits to charities helping to rebuild the NOLA area. Proceeds are from any new purchases of "Diary From the Dome" between now and Dec. 31, 2009.
"Diary From the Dome" book cover. Photo taken by author 9/2/05
"Diary From the Dome" book cover. Photo taken by author 9/2/05
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Dec. 23, 2009 - PRLog -- Paul Harris was a California tourist who was unable to escape New Orleans after the evacuation was issued. His memoir, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina",  is a first person account of the horrific conditions, but also a story of the humanity and caring he encountered in and around the Superdome.  


Rumors of rapes and murders, toilets overflowing, stepping over 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, the dynamics of "Groupthink," and a review of what actually ensued in that dank environment.

The author, who has visited New Orleans 10 times as a tourist, bares his soul in this searing memoir, complete with vivid photographs he took in and around the Louisiana Superdome.  In addition, such facts 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 who were covertly "smuggled" out of the Dome after three 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 discreetly 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 mentally and practically, and of crucial importance, tips to emergency responders about how to maintain better communication with victims and evacuees.  A movie producer in San Diego met with Harris to discuss his story possibly being made into a movie.

The book is available from Vantage Press at 1-800-882-3273 or online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
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