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The Devil's Highway: A True Story

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"In May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, a place called the Devil's Highway. Fathers and sons, brothers and strangers, entered a desert so harsh and desolate that even the Border Patrol is afraid to travel through it. Twelve came back out."

Now, Luis Alberto Urrea tells the story of this modern odyssey. He takes us back to the small towns and unpaved cities south of the border, where the poor fall prey to dreams of a better life and the sinister promises of smugglers. We meet the men who will decide to make the crossing along the Devil's Highway and, on the other side of the border, the men who are ready to prevent them from reaching their destination. Urrea reveals exactly what happened when the twenty-six headed into the wasteland, and how they were brutally betrayed by the one man they had trusted most. And from that betrayal came the inferno, a descent into a world of cactus spines, labyrinths of sand, mountains shaped like the teeth of a shark, and a screaming sun so intense that even at midnight the temperature only drops to 97 degrees. And yet, the men would not give up. The Devil's Highway is a story of astonishing courage and strength, of an epic battle against circumstance. These twenty-six men would look the Devil in the eyes — and some of them would not blink.

Review:

"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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"The book's rare power is that it is both epic in scope — a trek through the wilderness in search of 'the promised land' — and intensely personal." Boston Globe

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"A reading of The Devil's Highway will undoubtedly brace your soul and remind you that all of us, rich or poor, brown, white, black or yellow, are traveling through these parts for only a little while." San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of The Devil's Highway, winner of a Lannan Literary Award, Across the Wire, winner of the Christopher Award, and the forthcoming The Hummingbird's Daughter. He is also the recipient of an American Book Award, a Western States Book Award, and a Colorado Book Award, and he has been inducted into the Latino Literary Hall of Fame.

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janeyb, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by janeyb)
Whatever your views on immigration reform, you need to read this unforgettable true story. Urrea illuminates all sides of this issue. He is unbiased and a truly wonderful writer. I will be reading everything he has written.
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Little Wolf, August 13, 2012 (view all comments by Little Wolf)
"The Devil's Highway" refers to the hot, winding, desolate, Mexico to US route that has claimed lives for hundreds of years. Author Urrea chronicles the tales of cargo, human and otherwise, that risks this highway to "El Norte". Riches, freedom, servitude and gruesome death are all in the offing. These stories stem from historical record, humanitarian workers, survivors, families, border security, and the cold evidence of each corpse. The author fairly,and believably, weaves this input into a vivid human tableaux and document. The real thing.
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janeyb, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by janeyb)
This book was a Pulitzer prize finalist in 2005. I have to find out and read the book that won, because this book is the best book I have read since The Warmth of Other Suns. It is a true story about a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert. I hope this book will be made into a movie. Urrea is outstanding in his descriptions and detail. This book is heart-wrenching.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316010801
Author:
Urrea, Luis Alberto
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
Emigration and immigration
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Emigration & Immigration
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
United States Emigration and immigration.
Subject:
Human smuggling - Mexican-
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
239
Dimensions:
8.18x5.56x.81 in. .57 lbs.

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Product details 239 pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316010801 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "The book's rare power is that it is both epic in scope — a trek through the wilderness in search of 'the promised land' — and intensely personal."
"Review" by , "A reading of The Devil's Highway will undoubtedly brace your soul and remind you that all of us, rich or poor, brown, white, black or yellow, are traveling through these parts for only a little while."
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