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The true story of one family, caught between America’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.
 
Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Then, on September 6th, police officers armed with M-16s arrest Zeitoun in his home. Told with eloquence and compassion, Zeitoun is a riveting account of one family’s unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water.


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Zeitoun
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Incredible but true
February 13th, 2014
This book speaks eloquently of the strength of a family to overcome horrific prejudice and bigotry in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. It is unbelievable that such events took place in America in the 21st century. I hope this book shines a little light into our collective darkness.
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