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
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Zeitoun is a heart-wrenching great book. A testament to faith and courage.
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!
A typical please make this a movie so I can reap the benefits style. To me a its a story about oh me the victim despite my incredibly stupid and misguided errors in judgement. The lack of family concerns in order to guard moneyed assets is unmistakeable. At the end of the book it tells how Zeitoun bought neighboring properties at half their value thus demonstrating his endless money minded ways without consideration of the loss his so called neighbors took. He is an opportunist who demonstrated no giving back to the community he continued to reap huge profits from. This is a story of greed not heroism