The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea
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The author of "Across the Wire" offers brilliant investigative reporting of what went wrong when, in May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona. Only 12 men came back out. "Superb . . . Nothing less than a saga on the scale of the Exodus and an ordeal as heartbreaking as the Passion . . . The book comes vividly alive with a richness of language and a mastery of narrative detail that only the most gifted of writers are able to achieve.--"Los Angeles Times Book Review."

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Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of, among other books, The Devil's Highway, The Hummingbird's Daughter, and Into the Beautiful North. Winner of a Lannan Literary Award and Christopher Award, he is also the recipient of an American Book Award, the Kiriyama Prize, the National Hispanic Cultural Center's Literary Award, a Western States Book Award, a Colorado Book Award, an Edgar Award and a citation of excellence from the American Library Association. He is a member of the Latino Literary Hall of Fame.
Published October 23, 2008 by Back Bay Books. 276 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, History, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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It means delving into the disastrous Mexican state, with its “catastrophic political malfeasance that forced the walkers to flee their homes and bake to death in the western desert.” Urrea notes the shift in tactics, thanks to the Border Patrol’s extremely effective interdiction and prevention po...

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In May 2001, 26 Mexican men scrambled across the border and into an area of the Arizona desert known as the Devil's Highway.

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''The dead...are stretched in angular poses, caught in last gasps or shouts, their eyes burned an eerie red by the wax-and-paper torsos in a gas station Dungeon of Terror.'' Not for the faint of heart, Highway is a riveting account of the 2001 border crossing of 26 Mexican men into...

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He describes the history of the region, the nature of the Border Patrol’s tracking skills, the hopes and aspirations of the illegal immigrants and their desperate last hours in a serious yet eccentric prose…" Alan Cheuse Washington Post 4 of 5 Stars "… a painstaking, unsentimental and oddly ...

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The book is called The Devil's Highway, it was written by a very smart author, who by the way I had the pleassure to meet, Luis Alberto Urrea.

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