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True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas

Anand Giridharadas

"Remarkable a richly detailed, affecting account Giridharadas seeks less to uplift than illuminate Which of these men is the ''true American'' of the title? That there is no simple answer to that question is Giridharadas's finest accomplishment."--Ayad Akhtar, New York Times Book Review"


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Book Information

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 04/01/2015
Pages: 336
ISBN-13: 9780393350791
ISBN-10: 0393350797
Language: English

Full Description

Days after 9/11, an avowed "American terrorist" named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into a Dallas minimart and shoots Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi immigrant, maiming and nearly killing him. Ten years after the shooting, Bhuiyan wages a campaign against the State of Texas to have his attacker spared from the death penalty. The True American is a rich, colorful, profoundly moving exploration of the American dream in its many dimensions.

Winner of the NYPL Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism and named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times, Boston Globe, NPR, and Publishers Weekly.

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