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Levitt (sociology, Wellesley Coll.; The Transnational Villagers) opens with the experiences of U.S. immigrants from a small city in interior Brazil and similar places in India, Pakistan, and Ireland, drawing from extensive surveys and interviews with 247 first-generation immigrants. Her charts and statistics give an excellent overall view of the results of her thorough on-site research; the illustrations show how immigration is affecting American values because of, e.g., migratory experiences, family ties, educational attainments, political participation, and social inclinations. Levitt describes specifically the way religion is being challenged and changed; "that it is alive and well"; and that it operates across cultures, much like today's global corporations. Finally, she suggests that robust pluralism may be an answer to the threats of future terrorism. General readers will appreciate the summary comments and charts in the appendix (though, by the same token, all the minute observations and examples may cause them to lose interest); sociologists will appreciate the specifics. Recommended for academic libraries.