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Zeitoun

by Dave Eggers

Zeitoun
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  • First Published:
    Jul 2009, 342 pages
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    Jun 2010, 368 pages

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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 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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