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The Other Face of America: Chronicles of the Immigrants Shaping Our Future

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  148 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Immigrants in America are at the heart of what makes this country the most prosperous and visionary in the world. Writing from his own heartfelt perspective as an immigrant, Jorge Ramos, one of the world’s most popular and well-respected Spanish-language television news broadcasters, listens to and explores stories of dozens of immigrants who decided to change their lives ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 15th 2003 by Harper Perennial (first published 2000)
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Ricardo Rubio
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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I always thought Jorge Ramos was a cool, intelligent man and after reading this book I have a higher respect for him. I admire his drive to help those without a voice. Even though he has "made it" in this country he chooses to help others that are treading the path he himself faced when coming to this country.

This really is "the other face", the stories he shares are both unique and very common throughout the Latino community. Whenever you see Latinos on TV usually it's concerning immigration,
Jaden Andrue
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gives pretty decent insight into the climate of the latinx community at the time and tells many stories of immigrants with a variety of backgrounds. I actually learned a lot from this book, but I rated 4 stars because I think Jorge Ramos could've gone deeper into the racism/xenophobia brown immigrants face.
Alejandro Magallanes
This is a book written with purpose. He strives to express the immigrant experience and succeeds. The stories are beautiful. Some are tragic. I think a shorter and quicker intro from Ramos would be better. I think his extensive and proud details on the Mexican immigrant's plight might turn people off before the stories begin. It is evident that he knows and has lived his life as an immigrant and is proud to share that story with everyone.
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
If you are only looking for first hand accounts and a light read, you might love this. I found it to avoid any serious examination of economic, social, and political reasons for the situation, but I suppose I was expecting something else from The Other Face. In addition to stories from immigrants, which were great, I had hoped there would be some data, solid substance...some factual weight. Instead he is repetitive is repetitive is repetitive. While he makes good points (although obvious, at lea ...more
Mar 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
From the beginning, Ramos and I disagreed in a fundamental way...he makes no distinction between legal and illegal immigration. To him, if you are against one then you must be against the other. I found this book to be a biased, sugar-coated diatribe in favor of the inevitable Latinization of America.

By telling the individual (and, granted, very sad) stories of immigrants, Ramos hopes to play upon the reader's heartstrings and sway opinion. He acknowledges none of the negative aspects of illega
Justin Anderson
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book gave me a better understanding of many aspects of the current state of immigration into the United States. I specifically liked how Ramos mixes personal stories and statistics. I also, appreciated the attention that he gave to each of the individual Latino groups. I would agree that this book does not address the possible negative effects of illegal immigration. Nevertheless, it provides an excess of facts and perspectives which I have hardly once heard from Americans who oppose immigr ...more
Abi Olvera
Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been trying to figure out where I stand on immigration, so decided to check this book out. It definitely helped me understand better the plight of the typical undocumented immigrant who risks his or her life to come to the United States and be paid a measly wage with little protection. Offers some good solutions. It does seem, however, incredibly one sided and I did not agree with the "espanglish" section. It was also an annoyance to read since one section was written in "espanglish" but it ...more
Kathleen Wells
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. It gives a different perspective on the role of immigrants, specifically Hispanic immigrants, in the daily life of our country. Even illegal immigrants are making a huge contribution. I especially enjoyed his comments on "Spanglish" and his musings about the country and the president in 2059!
May 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow--a real eye opener for a "gringa." The subtitle explains the topic: Stories of Latin American immigrants who are changing the United States. An easy read in Spanish for the intermediate/advanced reader. This is an important book for citizens who care about the issues surrounding immigration. I highly recommend it, whether in English or Spanish. Both versions are available on Amazon.
Caz Margenau
May 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Jorge Ramos might look like Anderson Cooper, but he is the most popular and respected Spanish language news man. Far more than just a swing vote for democrats, latinos in this country are changing the future of the nation.
Jan 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Eh, it's alright. It's a good starter book for those interested in immigrant issues.
Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
This is a decent easy-read intro to Latino immigrant politics. It is a VERY easy read in Spanish since the writing is repetitive.
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great view on Hispanics in the united states and as an author I love Jorge he has written all great books
Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
he's just awesome! this so a sociological view at how latinos are changing the rules in "America"
Jun 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Jorge's writing style and what he write is amazing.
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Learn a lot about those who dare to change and contribute to the life of their adopted country. It was great reading.
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