Cutting for Sign

Cutting for Sign

by William Langewiesche


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Cutting for Sign by William Langewiesche

The border between the United States and Mexico extends 1,951 miles.  Among the people who live along it are a migrant laborer huddled in a makeshift camp, a Chicano cowpuncher, a Pima Indian who makes his living tracking drug smugglers across the desert, and the millions crowded along the border in Mexicali.
In this beautifully written, unerringly insightful book, William Langewiesche allows us to see this boundary in all its political, moral, and emotional complexity.  Whether he is patrolling the border with officers of the U.S. Immigration Service or talking with the desperate men and women who cross it every day, Langewiesche is always engaged in what trackers call “cutting the sign” reading the marks that human beings have made on this contested land and decoding the meaning they hold for the rest of us.
”Spellbinding. . . . The reportage [is] high art . . . for Langewiesche painstakingly uncovers the connections between elusive clues as he searches out the border and its people.”—Boston Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679759638
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/30/1995
Series: Vintage Departures Series
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

William Langewiesche is the author of seven previous books: Cutting for SignSahara UnveiledInside the Sky, American GroundThe Outlaw Sea, The Atomic Bazaar, and, most recently, Fly By Wire. He is the international editor for Vanity Fair.

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