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Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
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Sep 20, 2010

it was amazing
Read in September, 2010

One family's true story of Hurricane Katrina, and the injustices suffered by folks who were trying to help their neighbors and themselves. This was a part of Katrina that either the media entirely missed, or I totally missed seeing. Zeitoun sent his family away from the city, but he decided to stay in New Orleans during Katrina, to watch over his business, his properties, and his clients' and friends' homes. As the waters began to rise, he was able to move many of his belongings to the second floor of his home, and used a second-hand canoe he had to rescue neighbors, check on his friends, and feed neighborhood pets who were stranded in their own homes. While working in one of his rental properties, Zeitoun and three other men were apprehended for looting. In the process, their property was seized, they were thrown in a makeshift jail, and run through a haphazard piece-meal justice process that made justice itself a months-long process. No attorney, no phone calls, no access to the media, and no true evidence to charge Zeitoun with - "martial law" ran amok. Eggers tells the story in a compelling page-turner, and a must-read for anyone who thinks they knew what happened in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
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