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Zeitoun

by Dave Eggers

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
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  • First Published:
    Jul 2009, 342 pages
    Paperback:
    Jun 2010, 368 pages

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Kim Kovacs

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The true story of one family, caught between America's two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina

David Eggers' latest work, Zeitoun, relates the experiences of a well-respected Louisiana contractor and his wife before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina's landfall in 2005.  It's an important book from the standpoint that it documents a small but significant piece of history in the words of someone who was actually present while events transpired.   There are many who would like to deny, minimize or forget the disaster and the government's response to it, but Eggers relates events which need to be told and learned from so that the trials endured by Zeitoun (and others) don't recur.

The heart of the story, and the reason this book should be mandatory reading for all Americans, is Zeitoun's arrest and incarceration.  It's simply something that one can't believe could happen in this country.  Zeitoun is basically stripped of all rights ...

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What's the difference between a hurricane and a tornado?
A hurricane differs from a tornado because the latter is a localized and violently destructive windstorm that occurs over land, and not necessarily in the tropics; whereas hurricanes occur in the tropics and are systems within themselves.

When is a hurricane a typhoon, and when is it a cyclone?
What is referred to as a hurricane in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific Oceans is generally called a typhoon in the western Pacific, and a cyclone in the Indian Ocean.

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