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From the author of Europe Central, a journalistic tour de force along the Mexican-American border. For generations of migrant workers, Imperial Country has held the promise of paradise and the reality of hell. It sprawls across a stirring accidental sea, across the deserts, date groves and labor camps of Southeastern California, right across the border into Mexico. In this eye-opening book, William T. Vollmann takes us deep into the heart of this haunted region, exploring polluted rivers and guarded factories and talking with everyone from Mexican migrant workers to border patrolmen. Teeming with patterns, facts, stories, people and hope, this is an epic study of an emblematic region.... may remember that as early as 1930, three-fifths of Imperial Countya#39;s farms were operated by tenants, not owners. ... In 2003 he was listed as a partner in a sugar and sorghum cane ethanol project. ... including a 3-year-old boy, were injured when the Mazda Protege they were riding in flipped over on county road S2 .

Author:William T Vollmann
Publisher:Penguin - 2009-07-30


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