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The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas (utgåvan 2015)

av Anand Giridharadas (Författare)

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Days after 9/11, an avowed "American terrorist" named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walked 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.… (mer)
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Titel:The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas
Författare:Anand Giridharadas (Författare)
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2015), Ausgabe: 1, 336 Seiten
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Shortly after 9/11, a white man murdered two immigrant gas station attendants and shot a third in the face. Giridharas tracks both the killer and his surviving victim as “true Americans”: the one whose persistent criminality didn’t prevent him defining himself as a patriot and rightful inheritor of white power in the country, and the other who emigrated from Pakistan to chase the American dream of self-invention and material success. Eventually, the survivor decided that the best way to honor his religion was to advocate for his assailant’s life (he’d been sentenced to death for one of the killings—but only because the prosecution argued that the hate crime aspects didn’t matter as much as the robbery, because in Texas that’s what could secure the death penalty). Readers are very much left to draw their own conclusions about, for example, the sincerity of the killer’s quasi-repentance—he went to his grave insisting that his motives were good even if he now knew his actions were bad—but it’s hard not to hear a story of deep, deep American rot. For example, being shot leaves the victim in crippling debt, and it’s almost accidental that he manages to get out with the help of a victim’s compensation fund; the killer was surrounded by people who knew he was both violent and an outspoken racist, but they still decided that he was joking when he said he wanted to kill nonwhites, because after all he was not too much different from them. His family was mired in poverty; one of his children seeks to get out by hoping to work her way to managing a McDonald’s, which seems like almost unimaginable security to her. ( )
  rivkat | Aug 16, 2019 |
Sad story. Too bad the book is so poorly written. I think the writer was trying to just dump anything into it to get a book length manuscript.

Writer is no writer. I couldn't finish it after about 2/3's I had had enough. ( )
  yhgail | Feb 20, 2019 |
The True American feels padded and it meanders a bit, especially at the end. But the story of how a victim sought to prevent the execution of a man who nearly killed him is pretty gripping, and I thought that the author did a marvelous job of treating both victim and perpetrator as real people rather than archetypes. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
The True American feels padded and it meanders a bit, especially at the end. But the story of how a victim sought to prevent the execution of a man who nearly killed him is pretty gripping, and I thought that the author did a marvelous job of treating both victim and perpetrator as real people rather than archetypes. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
I missed this nonfiction book when it came out last May, and was astonished that I haven’t heard any chatter about it. The book probes the 2001 murders of two South Asian men and the attempted murder of a third because they “looked Muslim” to the assailant, a “Texas loud, Texas proud” man named Mark Stroman, who viewed his actions as revenge for 9/11. The story is told from the points of view of Stroman and the critically injured Bangladeshi man, Rais Bhuiyan, “two men bound, as it turned out, by more than just an act of violence,” said Ayad Akhtar in the New York Times.
Over the course of the trial and the long wait on Texas’s death row (the death penalty applied because one of the murders occurred in the course of another crime, a robbery), the victim, Bhuiyan, comes to believe Allah saved him from death so that he could do something remarkable. That something, he decided, was to forgive Mark Stroman. Not only to forgive, but to save him from execution.
The lengthy interviews journalist Giridharadas conducted give unparalleled access to the thinking of both Bhuiyan and Stroman, however tangled and inconsistent it may be. Bhuiyan, who would appear to hold all the moral high ground here, at times gets caught up in the self-promotional aspects of his international justice campaign. Meanwhile, Stroman cannot be simply dismissed as another gun-toting nut, either. He has been let down in many ways by people and institutions that should have served him better; in his time on death row, he learns to admore Bhuiyan and to think more deeply about his actions—or at least to mouth the words.
The author comes to no simplistic conclusions about these possibly imperfect motives on either side. As Akhtar says, “Giridharadas seeks less to uplift than illuminate.” And, Anne-Marie Slaughter says the book “explores two sharply opposed dimensions of the American experience in a style that neither celebrates nor condemns. We readers become the jury, weighing what it means to be a true American today.” ( )
  Vicki_Weisfeld | Nov 3, 2015 |
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Days after 9/11, an avowed "American terrorist" named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walked 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.

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