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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,545 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Luís Alberto Urrea Narrator: Luís Alberto Urrea Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 twenty-six men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona. Only twelve men came back out.

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  • “Urrea, a poet and novelist who is also a dogged reporter on the border wars, is keenly attuned to such eloquent and awful ironies and uses them to punctuate the The Devil's Highway, a painstaking, unsentimental and oddly lyrical chronology of the traveling party's horrific trek through the Sonora.”

    Washington Post

  • “The research here is excellent, and Urrea's narration is impressive. The story unfolds in a way that is fascinating to the listener—you can almost feel the heat and smell the desperation.”

    Library Journal

  • “[This book] may not directly influence the forces behind the US's southern border travesties, but it does give names and identities to the faceless and maligned ‘wetbacks’ and ‘pollos,’ and highlights the brutality and unsustainable nature of the many walls separating the two countries.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A powerful, almost diabolical impression of the disaster and the exploitative conditions at the border. Urrea shows immigration policy on the human level.”


  • “In this gripping book, American Book Award winner Luis Alberto Urrea tells the story of the deadly trek, the hapless immigrants, and the Border Patrol units who hunt them.”  

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “A horrendous story told with bitter skill, highlighting the whole sordid, greedy mess that attends illegal broader crossings.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A National Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen Murphy | 2/20/2014

    " I found this book illuminating about the plight of those who attempt to cross the border from Mexico into the Arizona desert. Urrea's account is spellbinding, though I felt very sad. I want to read more of his writings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeweleye | 2/19/2014

    " This book puts a whole new perspective on the immigration debate now going on in the U.S. The horrific story of the people who died and almost died is one aspect of why our policies need correction. The other aspect is the power our leaders have to make decisions based, not on the people who need to work and support their families, but on business and political interests. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Allison | 2/17/2014

    " This a great book telling the true story of a group of Mexican men crossing the border from Mexico to the U.S. in Arizona. Of the 26 men, 14 of them end up dying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ms. Land Rocks | 2/13/2014

    " Great non-fiction report on immigration. Excellent read for upperclassmen who want to learn more about our border policies. Not an uplifting book, though. "

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