This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto
A timely argument for why the United States and the West would benefit from accepting more immigrants
There are few subjects in American life that prompt more discussion and controversy than immigration. But do we really understand it? In This Land Is Our Land, the renowned author Suketu Mehta attacks the issue head-on. Drawing on his own experience as an Indian-born...more
Hard retribution, if any. But can this harsh measure be even termed retribution? A topical subject that has spawned a vertical divide ...more
This Is Our Land has one big selling point: it brings personal experience and real interviews into the discussion about immigration. All the stories we learn ...more
In the face of so much evidence, can you blame Mehta? Follow the money, follow the people in charge, and the corruption speaks for itself. Think the North American government is fair in the face of ...more
In my experience, there are two types of books on political issues. Those that are data based and those that are emotion based. While I have a preference for data and research, I think there's a place for both.
This book stands out because it is definitely grounded in data and research, it does not shy away from emotion. There author drops some F bombs and does not mince words when discussing the president of the U.S.A. There are pages where you can ...more
To deliver his message, Mehta uses a mix of emotional (at times sanctimonious) storytelling, obtuse and partisan reporting of self-serving data & events, deliberate omissions of facts, frequent scapegoating and (at times) aggressively contentious rhetoric.
1) Immigration to a developed country is touted by ...more
With that kind of adulation I approached this new book of his 'This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto' and I enjoyed reading it. Its definitely a page turner, though gets a little repetitive and slow towards the later chapter.
So for sure its no-where near the charisma that shone in his Mumbai Book. So folks, who would be expecting a Maximum City would ...more
Mehta offers a compelling argument for immigration throughout the Western countries. Debunking the myths that immigrants make countries unsafe and harm the economy, Mehta proposes increasing immigration. Understanding that in the future, climate change and other conflict will further increase the migration of people around the world, he believes that immigration is the only way to create ...more
The author Suketu Mehta is born in India and grew up in New York City. He draws some part of this book from his personal experiences and does not hold back putting any facts, stories, truths, and lies for the world to see. The book focuses on the history of immigration in the world, many well-researched stories to support that and also a few loopholes which are inflicted upon common man ...more
A thorough and historically grounded account of immigration worldwide, told from an immigrant’s perspective. The ravages of colonialism, the hypocrisy of nativism, the political opportunism of immigration - all told by an excellent storyteller, with wisdom and heart. I learned so much from this book.
This should be a must read for anyone who ...more
Overall, I found this a relatively quick and interesting read. The author makes some excellent arguments about the role of immigration in U.S. society. I did find his argument that those who had been colonized are "creditors" to be a bit unrealistic, as that seemingly ignores history before the 1600s. By that logic, every defeated group of people would become "creditors" to the victors of a conflict. That doesn't really work.
The other part of the book I ...more
I feel a bit more socialist than he does about some things, and as a Canadian, I feel like things aren't quite as rosy here as statistics have led him to believe, but those are ideological differences rather than flaws in his logic. Some of his points don't feel new, and some of them are perhaps a bit repetitive, but he making many compelling arguments. To me, the ...more