Publication Date: 2010-06-15
The true story of one family, caught between two disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.
Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian-American, and his wife Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approached, Kathy evacuated with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. In the days following the storm he traveled the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Then, on September 6th, police officers armed with M-16s arrested Zeitoun in his home. Zeitoun is a riveting account of one family's unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water.