|Digital List Price:||1,382.50|
|Kindle Price:|| 181.45 |
Save 1,877.55 (91%)
|Sold by:||Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited|
Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet or computer – no Kindle device required. Learn more
Read instantly on your browser with Kindle for Web.
Using your mobile phone camera, scan the code below and download the Kindle app.
Follow the Author
The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas Kindle Edition
Audible Audiobook, Unabridged
|Free with your Audible trial|
Winner of the NYPL Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism
Named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times, the Boston Globe, NPR, and Publishers Weekly
"Haunting.…[A]mong the most riveting nonfiction I have read in a long time.…The True American gives you new eyes on your nation, makes you wonder about both the recent South Asian immigrant behind the counter at the food mart and the tattooed white man behind you in line." —Eboo Patel, Washington Post
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 Bhuiyan has found temporary work and shoots him, maiming and nearly killing him. Two more victims, at other gas stations, die instantly.
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, profoundly moving exploration of the American dream in its many dimensions. It helps us to consider our love-hate relationship with immigrants, the underpinnings of domestic terrorism, and how—or whether—we choose what we become.
Exhilarating and deeply affecting, Giridharadas’s book is not only a captivating narrative; it reminds us of the immigrant’s journey at the heart of the American story and how, in the wake of violent tragedy, one new to our country can help us to see through to the best in ourselves, even when the law requires far less.—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University
Competing visions of the American Dream clash in this rich account of a hate crime and its unlikely reverberations….Giridharadas’ s evocative reportage captures the starkly contrasting, but complementary struggles of these men with sympathy and insight, setting them in a Texas landscape of strip malls and gas stations that is at once a moonscape of social anomie and a welcoming blank slate for a newcomer seeking to assimilate. The result is a classic story of arrival with a fresh and absorbing twist.—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
Anand Giridharadas has written a book that is simply impossible to put down. Just when we thought that we had read everything we could possibly absorb about 9/11, The True American finds a new and compelling perspective, one that explores two sharply opposed dimensions of the American experience in a style that neither celebrates nor condemns. We readers become the jury, weighing what it means to be a true American today. —Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of the New America Foundation
An unforgettable story about two men caught in the jaws of history. In this compassionate, tenacious, and deeply intelligent book, Giridharadas casts brilliant new illumination on what we mean by ‘American.’—Teju Cole, author of Open City
Meticulously reconstructs two lives that collided in horrific fashion… A compelling, nuanced look at the shifting, volatile meaning of American identity In the post-9/11 era.—Kirkus Reviews
Eloquent… From murder to execution, forgiveness, personal responsibility, governmental intervention and more, there are enough dichotomies here to fuel heated book-club discussions for years.—Booklist
Moving and indelible… manifestly inspirational… a finely textured portrait of lower-class despair.—Laura Miller, Salon
The suspense in this book runs deeper than whether Stroman will live or die. Mr. Giridharadas is most interested in examining the viability of the American dream… an enterprising and clear-eyed reporter.—Stephen Harrington, Wall Street Journal
A riveting tale, dense with detail, from Giridharadas’ unflinching descriptions of the struggling neighborhoods on the eastern edge of Dallas, to Stroman’s troubled and brutal childhood, to the ebullient optimism of these new Americans determined to create better lives.—Michael E. Young, Dallas Morning News
A compelling narrative of crime, forgiveness and redemption.—Catherine Hollis, BookPage
A truly fine book.—David Brooks
Gives you new eyes on your nation, makes you wonder about both the recent South Asian immigrant behind the counter at the food mart and the tattooed white man behind you in line. It reminds you that there are some Americas where mercy flows freely, and other Americas where it has turned to ice.—Eboo Patel, Washington Post
Thoroughly compelling… masterful.—Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe
The characters are too fascinating to miss.—Amy Kamp, Austin Chronicle
An intellectually agile and incessantly compelling portrait of post-9/11 America—or what we are and of what we might become.—Padma Viswanathan, Rumpus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00FQUDOQQ
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (5 May 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 826 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 337 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #329,519 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #720 in Etnography
- #1,371 in True Accounts (Kindle Store)
- #3,243 in United States History (Books)
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
Top reviews from other countries
It was obvious to me how this was going to end.
犯人（Mark Stroman）と被害者（Raisuddin）の生い立ちや背景などがかなり細かく説明されていて、もっとはやく話の続きを知りたいのに... という気がするところが若干ありますが、面白いです。アメリカ社会の寛大さと偏狭さについて、さらに、もしかしたら私たちがアメリカの良いところとして認識またはイメージしている自由や寛容の精神は、アメリカに新たにやってくる移民の人たちの方が持っているのではないかとさえ考えさせられます。