Coyotes. A Journey Across Borders with America’s Mexican Migrants. From the book jacket: “We were nowhere—there was nothing around. We worried we had . Coyotes: A Journey Across Borders with America’s Illegal Migrants. Ted Conover, Author Vintage Books USA $ (p) ISBN Ted Conover is an American author and journalist. A graduate of Denver’s Manual High School Conover spent a year traveling with Mexicans in order to write Coyotes; he lived in a “feeder” valley in the Mexican state of Querétaro, spent time.

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Coming Into the Country; Epilogue. I am a writer. He worked with them, picking oranges in Arizona, and drove with them to farm jobs and harvests in Idaho and Florida.

The men seem alive, game, religious, ingenious, ready to joke around at each other’s expense. What crosses the border is dangerous; the Southwest is our ‘exposed flank. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Please try again later. Views Read Edit View history.

Coyotes: A Journey Through the Secret World of America’s Illegal Aliens

Dec 01, Shirley rated it it was amazing. TC and some of the group who crossed at Sonoita.

From there he made his way back to Phoenix and later caught a ride in a beat-up station wagon headed to Florida. This makes for an exciting page-turner of a book Conover, author of Rolling Nowhere, posed as an immigrant, crossing the border conoveg and learning first-hand about “coyotes”those who sneak Mexicans and other Latin Americans across the border, often under murderous conditions.

Given the difficulties the people described in this book had over a decade ago, one can only imagine that their lives have been made even more difficult by recent government policies and public opinion. Retrieved from ” https: He is able to create and sustain suspense over many pages, including a days-long journe “Coyotes” is the name given by Mexicans to the men who smuggle them into coyoyes US and transport them illegally within the US.

He also manages to keep a balanced perspective, never villianizing the workers nor cknover bosses nor even the coyotes themselves who help the Mexicans cross the border.

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The coyotes who smuggle them are deceptive, abusive and slippery as their job is quite dangerous. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Mar 02, Sandy rated it really liked it. For many months, prisoners were banned from reading Newjack ; now, inmates who receive a copy have to wait as much as several months while the state redacts several pages that it considers a threat to security. An old man toldTed that to truly appreciate a crossing, a person had to experience it. The Routes of Man: Photo by Phil Decker.

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From Publishers Weekly This first title in the Vintage Departures series “devoted to exploring the vastness of the world, of one’s life, or even of one’s own backyard” focuses on the world of illegal aliens. Journalistically, this is a great, well-written read and look into the world of illegal border crossings, human trafficking, the underground agricultural industry, the language and society coyyotes migrant workers, and the effects on families on both sides of the US-Mexico border.

Want to Read saving…. Lists with This Book. And when you read the headlines and see TV coverage devoted to stories about border control, you feel you have a better idea of what it’s like to be walking in their shoes. Pairing this book with Dying to Cross was very informative. This is the chronicle of his journey. The writer clearly likes coonver and makes the reader feel the same way.

Its tone is remarkably objective, almost apolitical, but under that is a giant question that I think the author did put to readers somewhere. He writes with admirable clarity, showing the plight of the undocumented worker without beating the reader over the head with a policy argument.

It’s something people from the poorest and most remote corners of the republic have participated in for years — at least as far back aswhen the United States, through the Mexican War and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, acquired nearly ged of their country, stranding many Mexican nationals in a foreign land. The book is about 20 years old, but it still feels fresh and relevant for today’s immigration debate Conover is a solid writer and he wisely frames the novel firstly as adventure tale, secondly as cultural repor Like Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickle and DimedCoyotes is first-rate undercover journalism.

Stay in Touch Sign up. A nightmare of a subject, yet I promise you will somehow find yourself thoroughly entertained – even laughing – without ever losing sight of the author’s sincerity towards the matter.

Their women and children remain at home wondering when they will ever come back. Work that saves U. I will warn you there is a bit of foul language and some encounters with prostitutes mentioned. Aditionally Conover is remarkable for the amount of energy he put into getting to know his subject. Readings in Sociology, 6th Edition. I feel that I have a much better understanding of the illegal immigrant situation and way of life and felt particularly fortunate to have finished it just before the large influx of children from Central America started crossing the border.

Buy the selected items together This item: But as an account of the lives and struggles of illegal immigrants, Coyotes is fascinating and engrossing. Of course, he had the ability to walk away without punishment because he was a legal resident. Of course the immigration issue is a perennial hot-button one.