A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and L ife in America

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Penguin, Dec 29, 2011 - History - 288 pages
A riveting account of the state of Arizona, seen through the lens of the Tucson shootings

On January 8, 2011, twenty-two-year-old Jared Lee Loughner opened fire at a Tucson meet-and-greet held by U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. The incident left six people dead and eighteen injured, including Giffords, whom he shot in the head.

Award-winning author and fifth generation Arizonan Tom Zoellner, a longtime friend of Giffords's and a field organizer on her Congressional campaign, uses the tragedy as a jumping-off point to expose the fault lines in Arizona's political and socioeconomic landscape that allowed this to happen: the harmful political rhetoric, the inept state government, the lingering effects of the housing market's boom and bust, the proliferation and accessibility of guns, the lack of established communities, and the hysteria surrounding issues of race and immigration. Zoellner's account includes interviews with those directly involved and effected, including Arizona's controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Zoellner offers a revealing portrait of the Southwestern state at a critical moment in history- and as a symbol of the nation's discontents and uncertainties. Ultimately, it is his rallying cry for a saner, more civil way of life

 

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Tom Zoellner (2012) A safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords shooting tells us about the Grand Canyon state and life in American Tom Zoellner’s book comes across as heartfelt and genuine. It ... Read full review

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Coincidentally, I finished this book on the anniversary of the attempted homicide of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. The title refers to the Safeway parking lot where Jared Loughner killed and wounded ... Read full review

Contents

THE SAFEWAY
REINVENTION
THE COUNTRYSIDE
SELLING THE VILLAGE
CITIZENSHIP
THE INFLUENCING MACHINE
IT ALL PLAYS IN
I AM ARIZONA
THE MEN FROM NOWHERE
A BETTER PLACE
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Tom Zoellner has worked as a contributing editor for Men’s Health magazine and as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. His book The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds and Desire will be published in the summer of 2006.

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