Thursday, February 14, 2008
From the Book Shelves -- His Panic by Gerald Rivera and Fugitive Landscapes The Forgotten History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands by Samuel Truett
Check out His Panic: Why Americans Fear Hispanics in the U.S. by Geraldo Rivera. In this book, journalist Geraldo Rivera examines the growth of the Hispanic population in the U.S., fueled partly by immigration. Rivera sheds light on undocumented immigration, an issue that is too often blamed for everything from terrorism to welfare abuse. Examining the past as well as the quest of others for that dream, Rivera seeks to place the issue of undocumented immigration in a historic context, dispelling the myth that we are facing an unprecedented crisis. Geraldo Rivera Introduces the new book by video here.
Fugitive Landscapes The Forgotten History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands by Samuel Truett (Yale University Press) was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2007 by Choice Magazine. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Mexicans and Americans joined together to transform the U.S.–Mexico borderlands into a crossroads of modern economic development. This book reveals the forgotten story of their ambitious dreams and their ultimate failure to control this fugitive terrain. Focusing on a mining region that spilled across the Arizona–Sonora border, this book shows how entrepreneurs, corporations, and statesmen tried to domesticate nature and society within a transnational context. Efforts to tame a “wild” frontier were stymied by labor struggles, social conflict, and revolution. Fugitive Landscapes explores the making and unmaking of the U.S.–Mexico border, telling how ordinary people resisted the domination of empires, nations, and corporations to shape transnational history on their own terms. The author, Samuel Truett, is associate professor in the Department of History at the University of New Mexico.