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Publisher Description

National Bestseller 

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.

New York Times Notable Book 
An O, The Oprah Magazine Terrific Read of the Year
Huffington Post Best Book of the Year 
New Yorker Favorite Book of the Year 
Chicago Tribune Favorite Nonfiction Book of the Year 
Kansas City Star Best Book of the Year 
San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year 
An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Decade

Biographies & Memoirs
June 15
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Drcece ,


Zeitoun is a heart-wrenching great book. A testament to faith and courage.

nat.haase ,

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.

Luvztoread ,

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!

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