Mexican-American Border Region
Feb 4, 2013 — The desert has inspired a rich literary landscape. Author Ruben Martinez recommends three reads that examine it both literally and figuratively. Do you have a favorite book that takes place in the desert? Tell us in the comments.
Aug 16, 2012 — In fiction, novelists Sebastian Rotella and Tahmima Anam explore cultural frictions along South America's "triple border" and in Bangladesh, respectively. In nonfiction, Jermaine Jackson remembers his brother Michael, and Charles King explores the history of Odessa, Ukraine.
Sep 24, 2011 — In his first novel, investigative reporter Sebastian Rotella explores the paranoia and tensions of a border patrol agent infiltrating a Mexican drug gang. Rotella uses his own experience covering South America to make the story as authentic as possible.
Jul 12, 2011 — In her biography of the border, historian Rachel St. John traces the dividing line's origins back to the mid-1800s. Though there's plenty of modern-day rhetoric about "regaining" control of the border, St. John argues that the U.S. has never really had it under control.
Mar 17, 2009 — A drug war is raging across the border. Over 6,000 people were killed in drug-related violence in Mexico last year. The body count is mounting, and the violence is spilling into the United States. Tony Cox explores how U.S. officials are addressing the growing crisis. Plus, how can travelers stay out of danger?