NAMED A TOP 10 BOOK OF 2018 BY NPR and THE WASHINGTON POST FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE NONFICTION AWARD FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE IN CURRENT INTEREST The instant New York Times bestseller, "A must-read for anyone who thinks 'build a wall' is the answer to anything." -Esquire For Francisco CantU, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Driven to understand the hard realities of the landscape he loves, CantU joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Plagued by a growing awareness of his complicity in a dehumanizing enterprise, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, CantU discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the full extent of the violence it wreaks, on both sides of the line.
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"Francisco Cantu joins the Border Patrol, seeking to understand the stories of those who traverse the long stretches of desert in their attempts to cross the border from Mexico to the U.S. Though Cantu's narration suffers from a lack of vocal variation at times, his pacing heightens the feeling of urgency regarding this hotly contested issue. Cantu is deeply affected by his time in the Border Patrol and by the case of a friend who is unable to return to his family in the United States after visiting his dying mother in Mexico. Moved by the personal stories of those he intercepts but still a dispassionate enforcer of the policies of the Border Patrol, Cantu seeks to provide a personal look at the individuals affected by U.S. policy. S.E.G. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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