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On The Rim Of Mexico: Encounters Of The Rich And Poor

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The vast stretch of mostly arid lands and deserts that makes up the border between Mexico and the United States is not only one of the longest international boundaries in the world, setting apart two entirely different countries for more than two thousand miles, it is the backdrop for a seemingly endless series of major binational news stories. Witness the headline-grabbin ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 10th 1999 by Westview Press (first published September 10th 1998)
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This book provides a very accessible and personable look at the conditions on the U.S.-Mexico border. Ruiz writes with a very informed and reflective manner, although at times I wished for clear citations of the information he includes. The book is broken into two sections and various chapters that reflect diverse themes and issues of the transnational relations between the United States and Mexico, among these immigration, the drug trade, and capitalist development south of the border. Througho ...more
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, nonfic
I read this book as research for a novel I'm writing. It only deals peripherally with the specific time period I'm interested in and this edition was written just as NAFTA was taking effect, so its statistics (re: contemporary maquiladoras, drug and human trafficking, and environmental degradation) are outdated. These conditions sometimes made for a frustrating read, which is why it took me so long to finish it.

Nevertheless, Ruiz provides an overview of US-MX border dynamics with geographic and
Excellent, but sadly, true. Every national politician should be required to read this book.
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