ADVISORY: CAP to Host a Conversation with Anand Giridharadas on his book “The True American”

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Contact: Anne Shoup
Phone: 202.481.7146

Washington, D.C. — On Monday, April 28, please join the Center for American Progress for a conversation with New York Times reporter Anand Giridharadas about his new book, The True American.

In his book, Giridharadas tells the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force officer who dreamed of immigrating to America and working in technology. Days after 9/11, an avowed “American terrorist” named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into the Dallas minimart where Bhuiyan has found temporary work and shoots him, maiming and nearly killing him. The True American traces the making of these two men, Stroman and Bhuiyan, and of their fateful encounter. It follows them as they rebuild shattered lives—one striving on Death Row to become a better man, the other to heal and pull himself up from the lowest rung on the ladder of an unfamiliar country. Bhuiyan publicly forgave Stroman, in the name of his Muslim religion and its notion of mercy, and waged a legal and public-relations campaign to have his attacker spared from the death penalty.

Matthew Duss, who has worked on the issue of Islamophobia in the U.S. since 9/11, will moderate the discussion with Giridharadas.

Copies of The True American will be available for purchase at the event.


Welcome remarks:
Vikram Singh, Vice President, National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress

Distinguished guest:
 Anand Giridharadas, author, The True American, and reporter, New York Times

Matthew Duss, Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress


Monday, April 28, 2014

12:00 p.m. EST – 1:00 p.m. EST

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.


Center for American Progress

1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor

Washington, DC 20005


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