The Devil's Highway: A True Story (Paperback)

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"Urrea uses the story of 26 men attempting to cross the US/Mexico border in 2001 (only twelve survived) as a way to examine the ridiculousness of the politics that exist on both sides of the borders, as well as the face of inhumanity. This book is tragic and stunning. A must read!"

— Jen Mo


From the Pulitzer Prize finalist, "the single most compelling, lucid, and lyrical contemporary account of the absurdity of U.S. border policy" (The Atlantic).

In May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, the "Devil's Highway." Three years later, Luis Alberto Urrea wrote about what happened to them. The result was a national bestseller, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a "book of the year" in multiple newspapers, and a work proclaimed as a modern American classic.

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"In artful yet uncomplicated prose, Urrea captivatingly tells how a dozen men squeezed by to safety...Confident and full of righteous rage, Urrea's story is a well-crafted melange of first-person testimony, geographic history, cultural and economic analysis, poetry and an indictment of immigration policy."—Publishers Weekly

"A powerful, almost diabolical impression of the disaster and the exploitative conditions of the border. Urrea shows immigration policy on the human level."—Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316010801
ISBN-10: 0316010804
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: September 19th, 2005
Pages: 272
Language: English