Cutting for Sign by William Langewiesche

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A portrait on the 1,951-mile border that divides Mexico and the United States shows how one line can divide the first and third worlds and can reflect the ideals and fears of two nations. 30,000 first printing.

About William Langewiesche

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Wolfgang Langewiesche (1907-2002) was born in DA1/4sseldorf in 1907 and emigrated to the United States in 1929 after studying at the London School of Economics. He earned a master's degree in economics from Columbia University and proceeded to the University of Chicago as a doctoral candidate and research assistant in political science. He worked as a test pilot as well as a writer and editor, contributing to numerous publications including Life and the Saturday Evening Post. Drake Hokanson is an author, photographer, pilot, and assistant professor of mass communications at Winona State University. Carol Kratz is an author, editor, pilot, educator, and physician assistant. William Langewiesche is a national correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly and the author of four books, including American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center.
Published January 18, 1994 by Pantheon. 247 pages
Genres: Travel, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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the horrendous working and living conditions in Juarez and Matamoros as US business invests heavily in maquilas, the assembly plants where Mexico workers make less in a day than US workers make in an hour.

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They may be skilled, but, as the author observes: ``There are 400 million crossings of the border every year, and the future belongs to free trade.'' The border, he concludes, is a ``word game'' and ``more intricate than a simple boundary line.'' Mexico's problems, he notes, have become ours.

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