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Author: Francisco Cantú Narrator: Francisco Cantú Publisher: Penguin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9780525528296
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The instant New York Times bestseller, "A must-read for anyone who thinks 'build a wall' is the answer to anything." --Esquire

For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Driven to understand the hard realities of the landscape he loves, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Plagued by a growing awareness of his complicity in a dehumanizing enterprise, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the full extent of the violence it wreaks, on both sides of the line. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • There is a line dividing what we know and do not know.  Some see the world from one shore and some from the other.  Cantú brings the two together to a spiritual whole.  My gratitude for this work of the soul. Sandra Cisneros
  • A beautiful, fiercely honest, and nevertheless deeply empathetic look at those who police the border and the migrants who risk – and lose -- their lives crossing it. In a time of often ill-informed or downright deceitful political rhetoric, this book is an invaluable corrective. Phil Klay, author of Redeployment
  • "Francisco Cantu’s story is a lyrical journey that helps bridge the jagged line that divides us from them. His empathy reminds us of our humanity -- our immigrant history -- at a critical time. Alfredo Corchado, journalist, author of Midnight in Mexico
  • Cantú’s story, and intelligent and humane perspective, should mortify anyone who ever thought building a wall might improve our lot. He advocates for clarity and compassion in place of xenophobia and uninformed rhetoric. His words are emotionally true and his literary sensibility uplifting. Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams and Of Wolves and Men
  • This book tells the hard poetry of the desert heart. If you think you know about immigration and the border, you will see there is much to learn. And you will be moved by its unexpected music. Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil’s Highway
  • “[Cantú‘s] beautifully written account of a life between nations cuts through the politics surrounding “the wall” to probe what’s really at stake.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • A must-read for anyone who thinks “build a wall” is the answer to anything. Esquire
  • Fresh, urgent...A devastating narrative of the very real human effects of depersonalized policy. Kirkus Reviews (starred)

    “Cantú’s rich prose and deep empathy make this an indispensable look at one of America’s most divisive issues.
  • “Lays bare, in damning light, the casual brutality of the system, how unjust laws and private prisons and a militarized border have shattered families and mocked America’s myths about itself.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[Cantú‘s] life on the line has made him the kind of expert we need to hear from.”

    Boston Globe

  • “The best book on immigration you will read this year.”

    Mother Jones

  • “A book that whips across your face like a sandstorm, embedding bits of the desert into your skin that, like it or not, you’ll carry forward.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Beautiful, eloquent and timely…[Cantú‘s] your correspondent if you want the real story.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Fresh, urgent…A devastating narrative of the very real human effects of depersonalized policy.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Cantú’s rich prose and deep empathy make this an indispensable look at one of America’s most divisive issues.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick of 2018 (So FAr)
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • Longlisted for the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize for Nonfiction
  • An Esquire Magazine Pick of Best Nonfiction Books of 2018 (So Far)
  • Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Current Interest
  • Finalist for the 2019 Indies Choice Book Award

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About the Author

Francisco Cantú served as an agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012, working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. A former Fulbright fellow, he is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a 2017 Whiting Award. His writing and translations have been featured in Best American Essays, Harper’s, n+1, Orion, and Guernica, as well as on This American Life.