The Bibliophile Club are discussing 'Zeitoun' here: http://www.shelfari.com/groups/35185/discussions/141296/September-Book-of-the-Month-Zeitoun-by-Dave-Eggers .
Haven't read the book, but will look for it. Our Daughter moved into neighborhood near edge of District Nine. We helped with the move. Nearby was a "folk artist" Dr. Bob -- eccentric, we have one of his "Be Nice or Leave" paintings in our kitchen. He really did try to stay in NOLA after Katrina. One afternoon, we listened for 30 - 45 minutes or more about local police stealing weapons from private homes and people like him. I heard about how US Marshal's or US Officials dumped cans of oil into swimming pools to make water un-drinkable saying it would keep mosquito population down. And how older people would be offered a bottle of water only to be grabbed and either dragged into a bus or hoisted into a helicopter. I'd say there was too much truth in what he shared than most people would want to believe. I know what both sides of conflict can do in disasters -- I was with 91rst Engineering Battalion twixt 1967 - 1968 near Washington DC. I spent 2.5 days in Pentagon protecting it from Peace-niks who just happened to be kids who graduated from high school with me in Alexandria, VA. Then in April of 1968 I spent almost 2 weeks keeping Washington, DC under Marshal Law -- curfew and other such stuff after Dr. Martin Luther King was killed. Oh, the scenes I saw. Very sad -- and that was like NOLA -- US citizen versus US citizen.
Well, mayber I don't need to read the book?