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The Late Great Mexican Border: Reports from a Disappearing Line

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Fasten your seat belt: This book will take you on a bumpy ride through the painful human geography of the border.-Hispanic Magazin
This book may be one of the best collections of border essays and insights I've read. The editors have wisely chosen to include some of the best writers from the region instead of the usual hash of academics. When I wasn't laughing, I was cryin
Paperback, 227 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Cinco Puntos Press
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It is useful, however humbling, to open books published some time ago if only to appreciate how little we saw of what was really happening and how little we understood what was to come. That is not in any way a criticism of this book, published in 1996 by Cinco Puntos, the valiant small press of El Paso. No one at that time knew then that a Mexican prisoner would escape to construct the most transnational of all cartels and ignite the bloodiest of underworld wars. “The Great Disappearing Mexican ...more
The editors included a broader range of border-related topics than I would have thought possible, and two selections (Richard Rodriguez 'Pocho Pioneer' and Luis Alberto Urrea "None of Them Talk About Their Dreams') made me want to read more of their work. 'Cryptic Cacti on the Borderline' was an unexpected delight, a description of culturally-induced habitat diversity.
This is a brilliant anthology -- sadly, out of print. The editors, a father and daughter, gathered many of the very best writers and thinkers along the US-Mexico border. A great way to discover some wonderful writers; this anthology includes some of my favorites: Chuck Bowden, Luis Alberto Urrea, Ruben Martinez and Guillermo Gomez Peña. Get a copy before they are all gone!
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