Martínez writes in powerful, unforgettable prose about clinging to the tops of freight trains; finding respite, work and hardship in shelters and brothels; and riding shotgun with the border patrol. Illustrated with stunning full-color photographs, The Beast is the first book to shed light on the harsh new reality of the migrant trail in the age of the narcotraficantes.
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From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
Foreword Francisco Goldman ix
1 On the Road: Oaxaca 1
2 Here They Rape, There They Kill: Chiapas 27
3 La Bestia: Oaxaca and Veracruz 49
4 The Invisible Slaves: Chiapas 67
5 Kidnappings Don't Matter: Veracruz, Tabasco, Oaxaca 89
6 We Are Los Zetas: Tabasco 109
7 Living among Coyotes: To the Rio Grande and Back 129
8 You Are Not Welcome in Tijuana: Baja California 143
9 The Funnel Effect: Baja California and Sonora 161
10 The Narco Demand: Arizona 185
11 Cat and Mouse with the Border Patrol: Arizona 205
12 Ghost Town: Chihuahua 223
13 Juárez, Forbidden City: Chihuahua 239
14 Dying in the Rio Grande: Tamaulipas 255
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Beast is a must read for anyone concerned about undocumented workers entering the United States. The Beast focuses on the tremendous challenges faced by people trying to enter the US to escape intolerable conditions in their home countries and the added difficulties faced due to increased efforts on the part of the US to reduce the flow. The influence of drug cartels was particularly eye opening.. Whatever your views on immigration reform, The Beast provides first hand insight into the often nightmarish conditions incurred by people looking to leave behind their old lives for something better.
This book brings the " other side " of the picture into the forefront. Being born in the US, I understand how migrents coming here ends up costing the US; hospital costs, taking jobs; just to nane a couple. Now, lets flip the coin; what parent doesn't want to provide a better life for their children? I commend them for their courage. Review by, Pamisue