His Panic: Why Americans Fear Hispanics in the U.S.

His Panic: Why Americans Fear Hispanics in the U.S.

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by Geraldo Rivera

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A rare, unflinching look at one of today’s most important issues--from one of today’s most well-known journalists.

In this insightful, well-researched book, Peabody and Emmy® Award-winning journalist Geraldo Rivera examines the growth of the Hispanic population in the U.S., fueled partly by what may be the single most divisive issue in America today: illegal

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A rare, unflinching look at one of today’s most important issues--from one of today’s most well-known journalists.

In this insightful, well-researched book, Peabody and Emmy® Award-winning journalist Geraldo Rivera examines the growth of the Hispanic population in the U.S., fueled partly by what may be the single most divisive issue in America today: illegal immigration. With objective clarity and personal conviction, Rivera sheds light on an issue that is muddled with confusion and prejudice--and too often blamed for everything from terrorism to welfare.

Examining the past--his own parents’ struggle to be "real" Americans, as well as the plight of other ethnic groups in their quest for that dream--Rivera places the issue of illegal immigration in a historic context, dispelling the myth that we are facing an unprecedented crisis.

A vital contribution to the ongoing debate about immigration, His Panic is destined to reshape the way Americans view the future of our country.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
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His Panic: Why Americans Fear Hispanics in The U.S. 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
plaintalk2010 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Hispanic because I sense a growing tide of angst against many Latinos and Hispanics. If you look Mexican, many times you are assumed to be here illegally. One thing all should agree with is that Immigration needs to be fixed. It is unrealistic to think that we could round up all illegals and send them out of the country. Mexicans are not the only ones here illegally. You have many Europeans that have over stayed their Visas. They benefit from their resembalance to mainstream America. You also have many Africans who are here illegally. We need to get everyone on the books and have them paying taxes immediately. Think of the time and money it would take to round up all illegals. People don't even want to pay for Health Care or Quality Education. The only part of the book that I took offense to is the sugarcoating of Fox's coverage of the Immigration debate. How do you think they get their ratings. CNN just had Lou Dobbs and that was it. I even included Lou Dobbs in my book Plain Talk. He almost had a slip up with Condelezza Rice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Rivera is not only an American but a Hero to the Hispanic race.With bravery and without no regards to what people might think of him. He has written a Book that states the truth .Our ancestors were here in North America before the White Anglos as we know them now came here.White America wants to steal our human rights ,spanish language,religion and our mother Mexico.But it will never happen .........Besides this english language that is taught in puplic schools is not even a language African and BRITISH SPEAK TRUE ENGLISH .Anglo American is a Hillbilly taught language.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
FINALLY THERE IS A BOOK THAT SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON ILLEGAL HISPANIC IMMIGRATION IN THIS COUNTRY -- IT IS 'HIS PANIC' His Panic: Why Americans Fear Hispanics in the U.S.. The book sets the record straight on hispanics and illegal immigration in this country and dispells numerous myths about immigration. For example the book establishes that: 1. no hispanic (illegal or otherwise) has ever been associated with a terrorist act in this country 2. the crime rate is ACTUALLY LOWER among illegal immigrants than the rest of the US population (see coincidentally Today's Wall Street Journal) 3. Puerto Ricans ARE actually United States Citizens and 4. All of the 9/11 highjackers entered this country legally with visas issued by INS (the predecessor to the Department of Homeland Security). I recommnend this book without reservation to anyone who wants to be informed on the most volitile issue of our time. By the way, I actually read the book and found it to be a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The journalistic novel, His Panic, is a compliation of Geraldo Rivera’s evidence and facts about immigrants in America. He attempts to reverse the negative misconceptions about Hispanic immigrants, both legal and illegal. He mentions multiple times interviews with those who disagree with him, including Michelle Malkin and Lou Dobbs, and follows up with research to prove their arguments incorrect. He often uses Latino success stories as his counterarguements to these people, specifically those of Ediie Olmos and Cheech Martin. In other parts of the book he uses statistical evidence to prove that immigrants are not hurting the economy but rather helping it. Rivera can get a little personal at times and this leads to a less credible source, but in the chapters where he shows the statistics to back his argument it can be extremely convincing. I like the message of this novel because it is just telling American citizens not to fear immigrants because they contribute to the society just as much as anybody else. The thing I didn’t like about this book is that Rivera ridicules quite often. If someone doesn’t agree with him, Rivera kind of jokes about their ignorance and calls them “Neo-Know-Nothings”. This book would be a good read for those maybe gathering research on the topic of immigration or who want to know a little more of the journalistic side of immigration. I would not recommend this book to those looking for an interesting immigration novel because it can get a little repetitive and dull at times. Some of the emails the author shares are amusing but that is the extent of non-statistical sections. I would not recommend this for a school reading list just because high school kids wouldn’t be able to get through it, they would be extremely dissinterested. Overall, I would give this book a two out of five because the author lets his emotions get the best of his factual argument, and because Rivera rambles a lot (he probably could have gotten his point across in only 150 pages instead of 250).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know why Americans dont like illegal hispanics? Becse thy are ILLEGALly in this country. Just immigrate normally like the ret of the world has to and there wouldnt be a problem. If your country sucks, fix it. This isnt meant to be hateful, think of how successful the worlds great revolutions were. Stand up to your opression and leave the US out of it. We shiuld be isolationist anyways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago

> Tomatoes and Cheap Labor
> This should make everyone think, be you Democrat,
> Republican or Independent
> From a California school teacher - - -
> 'As you listen to the news about the student protests
> over illegal immigration, there are some things that you
> should be aware of:
> I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language
> department at a large southern California high school which
> is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its students
> average lower socioeconomic and income levels.
> Most of the schools you are hearing about, South Gate High,
> Bell Gardens , Huntington Park , etc., where these students
> are protesting, are also Title 1 schools.
> Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch
> program. When I say free breakfast, I'm not talking a
> glass of milk and roll -- but a full breakfast and cereal
> bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud.
> The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays
> of it being dumped in the trash uneaten. (OUR TAX DOLLARS AT
> I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese
> or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have
> cell phones. The school also provides day care centers for
> the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so
> they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to
> arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids.
> I w as ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk
> losing
> funding for the upcoming year even though there was little
> need for anything; my budget was already substantial. I
> ended up buying new computers for the computer learning
> center, half of which, one month later, have been carved
> with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously
> feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in
> I have had to intervene several times for young and
> substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal
> immigrant students here in the country less then 3 months
> who raised so much hell with the female teachers, calling
> them 'Putas' ( whores< /SPAN>) and throwing
> things, that the teachers were in tears.
> Free medical, free education, free food, day care, etc.,
> etc, etc. Is it any wonder they feel entitled to not only
> be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and
> entitlements?
> To those who want to point out how much these illegal
> immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE their
> gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for
> tomatoes: spend some time in the real world of illegal
> immigration and see the TRUE costs.
> Higher insurance, medical facilities closing, higher
> medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in
> our schools, overcrowding, new diseases etc., etc, etc. For
> me, I'll pay more for tomatoes.
> Americans, We need to wake up. The guest worker program
> will be a disaster bec
daaviid More than 1 year ago
The review it is simple to say and describe with one word..... BORING
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I got from this book is that America will become a utopia, not a welfare state, if we make every illegal alien and their families legal citizens of the U.S. and start giving them entitlements. This has got to be the most bias book I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's an interesting read, but it only tells one side of the issue of illegal immigration. Geraldo has done his research, but only tells his bias acquired facts on illegal immigration. I read this and Michelle Malkin's 'Invasion' and have drawn my own conclusion about illegal immigration. The one thing that this book is lacking is another view and other facts. I would have given this book another star if he would have told both sides of illegal immigration.