A 2014 New York Times Book Review Notable Book and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the YearImagine that a terrorist tried to kill you. If you could face him again, on your terms, what would you do?
"Remarkable... a richly detailed, affecting account... Giridharadas seeks less to uplift than illuminate." -- Ayad Akhtar "Exhilarating and deeply affecting, Giridharadas's book is not only a captivating narrative; it reminds us of the immigrant's journey at the heart of the American story and how, in the wake of violent tragedy, one new to our country can help us to see through to the best in ourselves, even when the law requires far less." -- Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University "Anand Giridharadas has written a book that is simply impossible to put down. Just when we thought that we had read everything we could possibly absorb about 9/11, The True American finds a new and compelling perspective, one that 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." -- Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of the New America Foundation "Competing visions of the American Dream clash in this rich account of a hate crime and its unlikely reverberations...Giridharadas' s evocative reportage captures the starkly contrasting, but complementary struggles of these men with sympathy and insight, setting them in a Texas landscape of strip malls and gas stations that is at once a moonscape of social anomie and a welcoming blank slate for a newcomer seeking to assimilate. The result is a classic story of arrival with a fresh and absorbing twist." "An unforgettable story about two men caught in the jaws of history. In this compassionate, tenacious, and deeply intelligent book, Giridharadas casts brilliant new illumination on what we mean by 'American.'" -- Teju Cole, author of Open City "Meticulously reconstructs two lives that collided in horrific fashion... A compelling, nuanced look at the shifting, volatile meaning of American identity In the post-9/11 era." "Eloquent... From murder to execution, forgiveness, personal responsibility, governmental intervention and more, there are enough dichotomies here to fuel heated book-club discussions for years." "Moving and indelible... manifestly inspirational... a finely textured portrait of lower-class despair." -- Laura Miller "The suspense in this book runs deeper than whether Stroman will live or die. Mr. Giridharadas is most interested in examining the viability of the American dream... an enterprising and clear-eyed reporter. " -- Stephen Harrington "A riveting tale, dense with detail, from Giridharadas' unflinching descriptions of the struggling neighborhoods on the eastern edge of Dallas, to Stroman's troubled and brutal childhood, to the ebullient optimism of these new Americans determined to create better lives." -- Michael E. Young "A compelling narrative of crime, forgiveness and redemption." -- Catherine Hollis "A truly fine book." -- David Brooks "Gives you new eyes on your nation, makes you wonder about both the recent South Asian immigrant behind the counter at the food mart and the tattooed white man behind you in line. It reminds you that there are some Americas where mercy flows freely, and other Americas where it has turned to ice." -- Eboo Patel "Thoroughly compelling... masterful." -- Kate Tuttle "The characters are too fascinating to miss." -- Amy Kamp "An intellectually agile and incessantly compelling portrait of post-9/11 America-or what we are and of what we might become." -- Padma Viswanathan
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 5th May 2014
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.7 x 2.5
Edition Number: 1