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The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas

The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Giridharadas, Anand

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The True American tells the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force officer who dreams of immigrating to America and working in technology. But days after 9/11, an avowed American terrorist named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into the Dallas minimart where Bhuiy...an has found temporary work and shoots him, maiming and nearly killing him. Two other victims, at other gas stations, aren t so lucky, dying at once. The True American traces the making of these two men, Stroman and Bhuiyan, and of their fateful encounter. It follows them as they rebuild shattered lives one striving on Death Row to become a better man, the other to heal and pull himself up from the lowest rung on the ladder of an unfamiliar country. Ten years after the shooting, an Islamic pilgrimage seeds in Bhuiyan a strange idea: if he is ever to be whole, he must reenter Stroman's life. He longs to confront Stroman and speak to him face to face about the attack that changed their lives. Bhuiyan publicly forgives Stroman, in the name of his religion and its notion of mercy. Then he wages a legal and public-relations campaign, against the State of Texas and Governor Rick Perry, to have his attacker spared from the death penalty. Ranging from Texas's juvenile justice system to the swirling crowd of pilgrims at the Hajj in Mecca; from a biker bar to an immigrant mosque in Dallas; from young military cadets in Bangladesh to elite paratroopers in Israel; from a wealthy household of chicken importers in Karachi, Pakistan, to the sober residences of Brownwood, Texas, The True American is a rich, colorful, profoundly moving exploration of the American dream in its many dimensions. Ultimately it tells a story about our love-hate relationship with immigrants, about the encounter of Islam and the West, about how or whether we choose what we become.
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ISBN 9780393350791
Released NZ 27 Apr 2015
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780393350791
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Released 27 Apr 2015
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Giridharadas, Anand
Category Award Winning
True Crime
True Stories Of Endurance & Survival
Multicultural Studies
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 208mm
Spine: 23mm
Dewey Code 364.15089
Weight 259g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Intercultural communication - United States, Forgiveness, United States - Emigration and immigration - Social aspects
NBS Text True Crime
ONIX Text General/trade