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C. Ray Nagin was born in New Orleans' Charity Hospital. He grew up in the inner city, graduating from the public school system. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Tuskegee Institute and a Masters of Business Administration from Tulane University. After a very successful career in corporate America, he entered the New Orleans mayoral race in 2002 and was elected the sixtieth Mayor of New Orleans. His administration initiated progressive policies that focused on transparency, fiscal accountability, and technological enhancement. They eliminated back-to-back budget deficits, significantly reduced poverty levels, facilitated billions in infrastructure projects, and launched a highly acclaimed city website. In August 2005, Nagin ordered the first-ever mandatory evacuation before Hurricane Katrina directly hit New Orleans. Prior to holding public office, he worked with a great team to transform Cox Communications' local operations into one of its most profitable assets. He is married to Seletha Smith Nagin, and they have three children, Jeremy, Jarin and Tianna.
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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146095971X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460959718
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is self-published for a reason and it's certainly not for a lack of interest from publishing companies. After all, if Bristol Palin can get a book deal, surely the mayor who presided over the largest disaster in our country's history could. Publishers, however, are held accountable for the "nonfiction" label that they place on books. They perform at least a basic level of fact checking and require sources to substantiate the author's claims. Nagin's self-published book is free from such encumbrances. In the introduction, he claims that the book "is based on my recollections, observations, and records." In other words, this book is unashamedly one-sided, based not on facts, but on the events as Nagin (conveniently) remembers them.

If you're seeking a window into Nagin's twisted mind, read this book. But if it's the facts you're interested in, I suggest looking elsewhere.
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Mayor Ray:

Your book is not a good read. You claim to have emergency management experience but you have demonstrated through the written word that you didn't learn a thing. The outcome may have been different had you let the emergency managers do thier jobs.

I'm guessing that you decided against proofreading based on the number of errors. I found them annoying.

The inference was made that everyone outside of the mayor's officer is racist. Ray did you promote that? You refer to a character in the story as a real brother. Sorry but what respect I had for the author has tanked.

All summed, the book is terrible and the message is even worse.
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Mayor Nagin was thrust in a position no Mayor in recent memory has had to endure. He did as well as anyone could, considering the apathy of the Bush administration and the slow response times. I agree with him that a lot of the lack of response was, indeed, the fact that New Orleans is a predominantly Black, Democratic city. But he goes on to, almost laughable, lengths of racism which only underscore the fact that it indeed is HE who is the racist here. He has "quoted" several of the key players in this book concerning the supposed "Planned March" across the bridge. Those, well respected, people have repudiated his claims within days of the book's release.
This is a book of fiction, people. The truths exist only in the mind of C. Ray Nagin. I know...I was there. I am still here. And I know how badly my mental condition was affected by this catastrophic event. The difference is that I would trust a publisher to "fact check" me and ensure I told the truth...not self publish a delusional diatribe.
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What an amazing piece of fiction. Nagin, who ruled over the most corrupt administration in a long time in New Orleans, and who is an avowed racist (quote his chocolate city remarks, among others) has made up a fascinating fairy story. I would certainly not encourage anyone to buy this book. The fact that he could apparently not find a publisher (who would want confirmation of stated facts) and had to self publish, should be a warning to everyone not to buy. This book belongs in the FICTION files. I cannot even give this one star rating, as that would be mountains too high. Do not buy
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Because that's all this is. My mom bought me a copy of this as a "gift", and I read about 5 pages of it before I remembered how incompetent, dishonest, and prejudiced the Mayor was during his time in office. It's burning in my backyard right now.
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This book was a must-read for me because my two favorite genres are detective stories and science fiction/fantasy novels, and Nagin's amazing book combines the two as biographical accounts generally don't. Maybe I'm thinking of the ones with real editors and publishers, though.

New Orleanians have always wanted to solve the mystery of what happened to the mayor's sanity after Katrina hit and the floodwalls failed, and now Nagin himself leads us down the tortuous pathways of his mind in altverse New Orleans. In this version, Nagin's a hero and a leader of men instead of Mayor Missing-in-action, as we remember him, cowering in the downtown Hyatt while people suffered and died at the Superdome, and buses that could have transported refugees sat unusable in the floodwaters because no one had planned ahead.

But I don't want to give too much away, and there's no way I could improve on the momentous prose of the pre-sale book description, which lays out how Nagin's Katrina experience might have been in a parallel dimension: "Gaining a firm grasp on the highly complex, famously fraught aftermath of Hurricane Katrina can seem as tenuous as its victims' shaky grasp on survival. One man, then Mayor C. Ray Nagin, was the metaphoric eye of the storm. ..."

I mean BRILLIANT Bulwer-Lytton, yes? If you've ever seen the Louis Wain cat paintings that chronicle the artist's descent into schizophrenia, you've read this book; nothing could be farther from reality than this entertaining read. You can't put it down, because the cheap binding has some sort of foul-smelling gluey component that's activated when you pick it up. The thing just will not come off, in fact, and I'm about to check out the ER to see what they can do about that.
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