The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.5 X 8.2 X 0.8 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
Anand Giridharadas writes the "Currents" column for the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times online. He is the author of India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of the University of Michigan, he worked in Bombay as a management consultant until 2005, when he began reporting from that city for the Herald Tribune and the Times. He now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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
An enthralling real-life tale of murder and forgiveness...enthralling.--Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs
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
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
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 enterprising and clear-eyed reporter.--Stephen Harrington
Chilling...[D]ares to ask whether Americans can still claim the American dream.
Moving and indelible...manifestly inspirational...[A] finely textured portrait of lower-class despair.--Laura Miller
Masterful reporting...Thoroughly compelling.--Kate Tuttle
A truly fine book.--David Brooks