New Orleans Disasters: Firsthand Accounts of Crescent City Tragedy

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With more than one thousand books on Hurricane Katrina, somehow not one work examines a collection of Crescent City calamity—until now. Here seven tragedies and their fallout are explored through gripping firsthand interviews, planting readers amid the chaos. Revisit the agony of the Luling ferry disaster, the horror of Pan Am Flight 759 slamming into a Kenner neighborhood and the Mother’s Day bus crash on 610 that claimed twenty-two lives. Sift for answers in the unsolved fires of the Rault Center and the UpStairs Lounge. Investigate the Continental Grain elevator explosion and experience the terror of the Howard Johnson’s sniper. Join author Royd Anderson on this harrowing journey through New Orleans tragedy.
ISBN: 9781467146364
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Louisiana
Series: Disaster
Images: 91
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Royd Anderson is a Cuban American filmmaker, teacher and historian from New Orleans. He specializes in Louisiana disasters that are usually not mentioned in Louisiana history textbooks. Anderson produced many award-winning documentaries such as Pan Am Flight 759, The Upstairs Lounge Fire, The Continental Grain Elevator Explosion, Mother’s Day Bus Crash on 610 and The Luling Ferry Disaster. He has been an invited guest speaker at Princeton University, Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans and the FBI New Orleans Division. Some of his TV appearances include for the Lifetime Movie Network, the National Geographic Channel, WYES’s Informed Sources and WLAE’s Louisiana: The State We’re In. He can be reached at
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