Dead in Their Tracks: Crossing America's Desert Borderlands

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On assignment for Newsweek, noted photojournalist John Annerino journeyed deep into one of the least hospitable spots on the planet — the scorched 4,100-square-mile "empty quarter" that straddles Mexico and Arizona. There he met four Mexican nationals determined to cross a 130-mile trail illegally to find work to feed their families. Dead in Their Tracks is the record of their experience. Annerino's unflinching camera and sensitive text capture the lives of these men, along with the ranchers, Border Patrol ...

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Overview

On assignment for Newsweek, noted photojournalist John Annerino journeyed deep into one of the least hospitable spots on the planet — the scorched 4,100-square-mile "empty quarter" that straddles Mexico and Arizona. There he met four Mexican nationals determined to cross a 130-mile trail illegally to find work to feed their families. Dead in Their Tracks is the record of their experience. Annerino's unflinching camera and sensitive text capture the lives of these men, along with the ranchers, Border Patrol trackers, and drug runners whose livelihoods also depend on this grim realm. Dead in Their Tracks' unforgettable images of anonymous travelers who may survive, and the bleached bones of those who did not, show the ultimate price sometimes exacted by an unforgiving nature — and by those who make policy in this area. 70 photographs and maps are featured in this harrowing chronicle of the dangers and struggles fought for a better way of life.

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Photojournalist Annerino, a native to the territory, joined four Mexican nationals determined to cross the border into the US illegally. He points out their choice of risking their lives with the desert and the border guards to work for a pittance, or watch their families starve. He also points out that more immigrants died crossing that border in 1998 alone than crossing the Berlin Wall during its entire existence. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781568582672
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 8/10/2003
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 211
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Photojournalist John Annerino has written for Time, Newsweek, Scientific American, and the New York Times. The author of eight books, he lives on the edge of the desert in Arizona.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2000

    Another terrific work from Annerino.

    A story like this demands a great deal from an author. Although Annerino has obviously spent many hours researching the borderlands of the Southwest, the key to this monumental work is the extent to which he is willing to live the story he writes. He has taken immense risks, walking side by side through the desert with Mexican immigrants, and coming face to face with the coyotes and narcotraficantes and Border Patrol agents and ranchers of this volatile area. With Annerino's books, you always learn tons of local history, but never at the expense of that vivid sensation of dust and sweat and heat and imminent danger that keep it an interesting read. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to learn more about the little-known wilderness along the Mexican border and the human cost it extracts due to our current immigration policies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2000

    Dead in Their Tracks: Crossing America's Desert Borderlands

    Histories of life. John Annerino finds the reality denied. The religious promise becomes a report. With a serious documentary investigation, in stunning photographs and his own commentary, this text is something more than a denouncement, John defines it like this: ' It's a testimony of the people who died trying to cross the frontier, but it's a also a memorial because the book includes the dates, places and facts of how they died.' The photography - it became a necessity for him to show the pain, the suffering of Mexicanos, and their courage to cross to the other side: 'They are heroes to me, because they're looking for ways to help their families by doing the work Americans refuse to do.' The tone of his voice changed again, his look became more clear, his hands trembled with emotion, his words demanded an answer: 'Why is life different for people? All of us are the same. The life of a movie star is no more important than a poor Mexicano.' 'The press in the U.S. focuses on movie stars, music, politicians, killings in schools, problems in other places around the world, yet, when it's about Mexican citizens dying on American soil, they keep quiet.' -El Independiente

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2000

    Dead in Their Tracks: Crossing America's Desert Borderlands

    THE BOOKS BEST ABOUT THE SOUTHWEST. Dead in Their Tracks: Crossing America's Desert Borderlands by John Annerino (Four Walls, Eight Windows, $22). Annerino, a photojournalist and veteran backcountry explorer and runner, followed, with only a camera and water, four migrant Mexican workers in their trek across the searing Arizona desert, each desperate to reach the 'land of opportunity.' -Arizona Daily Star

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 1999

    'Inspirational'-DNB, New York, New York, August 12, 1999.

    I really enjoyed DEAD IN THEIR TRACKS. I finished it in like 4 days. It was inspirational.

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