Posted on May 3, 2011 at 1:32 PM
Tuesday, May 3 at 8:30 PM
Exactly one year after leaving office, former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin used his Twitter account to promote his forthcoming book Tuesday. A later press release touted the book as "a behind-the-scenes, provocative, revealing and inspirational story."
"Book release June 8,” Nagin tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “Discovered lot of truth missing from K experience. Our story is provacative (sic).”
He also included a photo of the cover of the memoir, titled “Katrina’s Secrets: Storms After the Storm.” It features a pensive Nagin peering out of a City Hall window.
A later press release announced that the book will be released via Amazon.com in paperback and e-book formats.
"It is centered on critical events and decisions made before, during and immediately after the nation’s worst-ever natural and man-made disaster, Hurricane Katrina," according to the press release.
"After leaving public office in May 2010, C. Ray Nagin finally gets to tell the world about controversial decisions and statements. He writes honestly and sincerely about his mistakes and successes. He also gives readers an insider’s perspective of the city, its history and institutional issues of race and class that secretly conspired to control and slow down the recovery," according to the release.
"The former mayor takes readers on a front row journey, revealing secrets that have been previously glossed over, spun or ignored. He discusses the former president’s hesitations that led to Kanye West’s provocative statements, the Governor’s (Kathleen Blanco) indifferences, racial profiling, social reengineering plots and federal disaster capitalism," according to the release.
The book will retail for $17.99. The media release said Nagin will also embark on a book tour to promote its launch.
Tuesday, the day of the book's unveiling, marked one year since Mitch Landrieu's inauguration, when he replaced Nagin as mayor.