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.
A New York Times Notable Book
An O, The Oprah Magazine Terrific Read of the Year
A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year
A New Yorker Favorite Book of the Year
A Chicago Tribune Favorite Nonfiction Book of the Year
A Kansas City Star Best Book of the Year
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year
An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Decade
Zeitoun is a heart-wrenching great book. A testament to faith and courage.
Heart Wrenching, But a Must Read
This terrifying story is just a small part of the unknown that goes on in the American system. We claim to be a first world country, but treat non-whites like 2nd class citizens. You may cry but you will feel a sense of purpose at the end. Go out and create change so another story like this is not a reality.
Uplifting and Inspirational
I was expecting something a bit different, but this book is wonderfully written and the content exceptional.
What a testament to the spirit and courage of those who stayed behind during Hurricane Katrina and helped those in need. A definite read!