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The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by Anand GiridharadasThe 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 other victims, at other gas stations, aren’t so lucky, dying at once.
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 Stromans 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 Texass 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, colorful, profoundly moving exploration of the American dream in its many dimensions. Ultimately it tells a story about our love-hate relationship with immigrants, about the encounter of Islam and the West, about how—or whether—we choose what we become.
Murder and Mercy in Texas: The Story of ‘The True American’
The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas (Unabridged)
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The injury was serious, yes, but he was told he would be fine. One of the many satisfying twists of this trauma-filled book is that he would be. With Stroman identified and apprehended, the tale begins its tack toward deeper emotional waters. Bhuiyan, after leaving behind a promising career as a Bangladeshi Air Force officer in order to toil behind mini-mart counters and, later, at a local Olive Garden — where he learns to become an expert at suggesting wine pairings to customers, despite, as a practicing Muslim, not drinking alcohol himself — decides that the inauspicious American welcome will not be a deterrent to fulfilling his American dream. He is profoundly moved by a passage from Viktor E.
Imagine that a terrorist tried to kill you. If you could face him again, on your terms, what would you do? Two other victims, at other gas stations, aren't so lucky, dying at once. 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.
In The True American Giridharadas recounts the collision of Mark Stroman and Raisuddin Bhuiyan, men from very different places, geographically, culturally, and personally, but who are both searching to make their lives in the United States, a country which offers both great opportunity but also great adversity for native-born and immigrant alike. Giridharadas appeared at Asia Society New York in January with his first book, India Calling , which drew on his experiences as an American-born Indian who returned to India as an adult to portray how Indian society at all levels is being remade in the digital world.
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