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The author of the book: William Langewiesche
Edition: Random House Value Publishing
Date of issue: August 5th 1995
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ISBN: 0517156318
ISBN 13: 9780517156315
Language: English
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In "Cutting for Sign", his first book, William Langewiesche brought his gift for observation to the U.S.-Mexico border. This is the border before the wall was built (and no that is not a glib comment on my part, because despite the rhetoric of the election, a large portion of the wall has already been built--the easy part, of course, but because rivers in general and the Rio Grande in particular do not move in straight lines, it cuts through private ranches and public lands). Langewiesche traveled and interviewed along the length of the border. He writes with sympathy and a keen eye for detail (the West Texas town of Marfa, now an arts mecca, received its name from a servant in "The Brothers Karamazov" because that was the book an engineer's wife was reading as she rode the train through it) in all the ways in which the border struggles, economically, racially (including Native Americans), educationally, and, of course, politically. He has a gift for bringing out vastly different kinds of people--Mexican, American (Anglo and Hispanic), and O'odham (we call them Papago, and the border runs through their land), educated and barely literate, immigrants and Border Patrol, factory worker, visionary artist, activist, and old farmer. And that is precisely what it takes to write about the border, because it is really a series of regions that may be closer to the community on the other side of the river than to the part of its own country on the other side of the continent. One of the best parts of the book recounts Langewiesche talking to a Border Patrol agent about what it takes to track smugglers in such inhospitable country, at times following immigrants over bare rock. Once more, I am reminded of what a border really is: an edge, a periphery, a fringe, a place between two highly organized entities and generally where their organization and control fade. Think of the Himalayas, where the two most populous countries on earth meet, of how the populations of Brazil, North Africa and the Arabian peninsula hug the coast. Clearly, trading entrepots emerge, from San Diego and Tijuana (created to liquor up Americans during Prohibition) to Brownsville and Matamoros, but most of the borders of large nations look more like the United States and Canada. As a parting note, it has passed virtually unnoticed that this agitation for a fence has arisen at a time when apprehensions of illegal immigrants have fallen to the lowest point in several generations, and some researchers have argued that there is now a net outflow of Mexicans (reduced to some degree by the migration of Central American children to reunite with their families). I generally find it useful to learn something about a place before designing a policy for it. But then much of this language is not really about policy, I suppose. It is about the search for a convenient other to blame.

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Ebook Cutting for Sign read Online! William Langewiesche is a journalist who has written for Vanity Fair and The Atlantic Monthly.

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