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The Bear and the Porcupine

In 2004, a consultant from SUNY who was working on legislative reform in Mexico City highly recommended Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow‘s recently-published The Bear and the Porcupine: The U.S. and Mexico. I started reading the book then, started reading it in Spanish in 2007 and finally actually read it this week. The same consultant spoke disparagingly […]


The Closing of the American Border

Last week a senior manager at work suggested that our book club read Edward Alden’s The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11. The manager had just finished reading it and thought it would be interesting and pertinent to us. I agree. It provided a very clear explanation of the responses […]


The Killing Fields

Our book club is discussing The Killing Fields: Harvest of Women later this month. This title was chosen based on an unconfirmed recommendation from someone who does not attend the meetings. Oops. The book is terrible. I’m sure the author is a dedicated journalist and a human who is very concerned about the violent, mortal […]


The Border

I met someone at work who is friends with David J. Danelo, the author of The Border: Exploring the U.S.-Mexican Divide. My new friend told me that Danelo recently traveled the entire US-Mexico border and had recorded his observations along the way. My friend, a counter-insurgency wonk, said that Danelo was interested in the similarities […]