The True American

The True American

Murder and Mercy in Texas

Book - 2014
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Days after 9/11, an avowed "American terrorist" named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into the Dallas minimart where Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a former Bangladesh Air Force officer, has found temporary work and shoots him, nearly killing him. Giridharadas traces the making of these two men, Stroman and Bhuiyan, and of their fateful encounter, following them as they rebuild shattered lives. 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 publicly forgives Stroman, and wages a legal and public-relations campaign to have his attacker spared from the death penalty.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: 2014
ISBN: 9780393239508
Branch Call Number: 364. 1523 GIR
Characteristics: 319 pages ; 25 cm


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" The Templetons could be excused for their hesitation, because at times it seemed that their old friend was making amends and advancing as a man, and at times, not." "One advantage of being a paratrooper was that it insulated you from the intimate realities of occupation. ' I didn't put people under curfew; I didn't abuse women at roadblocks; I didn't do any of that,' Ziv said. Occupation duty, he imagines, 'would have punctured the bubble much earlier.' Instead his unit took missions like dashing over the Jordan River late at night to raid a base. They zipped in and out of the lives they affected: 'it's like getting bin Laden--the poor man version.' "

Aug 21, 2014

This is a must read.
Easy but elegant style....a gripping but thoughtful real story . The irony of the two lives is not lost on the reader.Real lessons about what happens in early childhood bears later rot in adolescence and adulthood. Excellent...just get this book!

Jun 18, 2014

wonderful interview with the author on the PBS NewsHour June 16. Try to watch it!

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