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Dead in Their Tracks: Crossing America's Desert Borderlands

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On assignment for Newsweek, noted photojournalist John Annerino journeyed deep into one of the least hospitable spots on the planet — the scorched 4,100-square-mile "empty quarter" that straddles Mexico and Arizona. There he met four Mexican nationals determined to cross a 130-mile trail illegally to find work to feed their families. Dead in Their Tracks is the record of t ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 28th 2003 by Basic Books (first published June 7th 1999)
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Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Since 1540 attempting to traverse El Camino del Diablo, crossing the 4,100 square mile no-man's land, the borderlands in the Southwest corner of Arizona, stretching from Gila bend to Yuma has proved to be a daunting task. This trail has proved to be one of the deadliest for illegal immigrants crossing over from Mexico to the 'promised land'.

So why then do these fearless young Mexican's take on the heat of Arizona's summers, attempting to cross the numerous desert basins and rugged mountain range
Mar 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: folks who want to know about the border and aren't overwhelmed by the massive egos.
Man, if there was ever a worthy and under-reported issue tragically massacred by the hubris and self-involvement of its author, this is it.

I'm especially struck by the hovering presence of the narrator on the heels of reading Enrique's journey. Where Sonia Nazario's basic stance is "yes, as a journalist I engage in some of these risky activities, it is far worse for the kids who do this without the luxury of a motel or the protection of my government." She minimalizes her own presence in th
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
This book is excellent. It's well written, has good photographs, and clearly lays out the data. It's current through 2009 and lists the number of people rescued or killed attempting to cross the southern border of the United States to find work. There are, of course, too many undocumented deaths for the count to be accurate, but Annerino does his best to give good estimates.

He talks about boths sides of the conflict, and make no mistake, this is a conflict. He talks about the immigrants that jus
Potentially interesting book by a photojournalist about crossing the US/Mexico border in the western Arizona desert, fatally marred by incomprehensible writing. Can you parse "Those who attempted crossing the US/Mexico border through the cruel desert many cursed as El Sahuaro including myriad Central American refugees risked losing the greatest treasure of them all" ? Get this guy some commas!

This is the same part of the border covered by The Devil's Highway, another kind of stupid book, but thi
Jul 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Amazing journalism!
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Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Good intentions.

Reverse elitism irritates me, and Mr. Annerino is guilty of same. The grim details of a desert crossing by illegal immigrants are compelling in their own right. Listing all of the upscale equipment and other amenities that well-to-do leisure hikers and campers have, and that the immigrants do not have, is irrelevant to the story and it discounts the immigrants' experience.

I read this book immediately after completing The Devil's Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea, and Dead in Their
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Author and photographer John Annerino has been working in the American West and the frontier of Old México for 20 years, documenting its natural beauty, indigenous people, and political upheaval. A veteran contract photographer for the Liaison International and TimePix photo agencies in New York and Paris, and Marka Graphic Photo in Milano, John's photography is archived in the Time-Life Picture C ...more
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