Dead in Their Tracks: Crossing America’s Desert Borderlands in the New Era

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It is America’s killing field, and the deaths keep mounting. As the political debate has intensified and demonstrators have taken to the streets, more and more illegal border-crossers die trying to cross the desert on their way to what they hope will be a better life.

The Arizona border is the deadliest immigrant trail in America today. For the strong and the lucky, the trail ends at a pick-up on an Interstate highway. For far too many others, it ends terribly—too often violently—not far from where they began.

Dead in Their Tracks is a first hand account of the perils associated with crossing the desert on foot. John Annerino recounts his experience making that trek with four illegal immigrants—and his return trips to document the struggles of those who persist in this treacherous journey. In this spellbinding narrative, he takes readers into the “empty quarter” of the Southwest to meet the migrant workers and drug runners, the ranchers and Border Patrol agents, who populate today’s headlines.

Other writers have documented the deaths; few have invited readers to share the experience as Annerino does. His feel for the land and his knowledge of surviving in the wilderness combine to make his account every bit as harrowing as it is for the people who risk it every day, and in increasing numbers.

Each book includes an In Memorium card recognizing an immigrant, refugee, border agent, local, or humanitarian who has died in America's borderlands."

The desert may seem changeless, but there are more bodies now, and Annerino has revised his original text to record some of the compelling stories that have come to light since the book’s first publication and has updated the photographs and written a new introduction and afterword. Dead in Their Tracks is now more timely than ever—and essential reading for the ongoing debate over illegal immigration.

For information on First Serial Rights, Book Club, Film, Television, & Options, visit the Author's Web site.

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Photographed and researched on both sides of the 1,956-mile U.S./Mexico border, Dead in Their Tracks includes Author's Notes, The Gauntlet-An Introduction, essays The Road of the Devil, Old Mexico, Path of Fire, El Dorado, Man Hunters, Seeing Ghosts, The Wall-Afterword, and In Memoriam (first compiled Death Tolls of migrants and border agents). Appendices feature El Camino del Diablo, Expeditions by Foot, Horseback, and Wagon; Water Requirements for Crossing the Killing Ground; Desert Searches and Rescues; notes, bibliography, index. 5 author maps highlight America's Killing Ground (deceased's name and location cross-cited in In Memoriam); El Camino del Diablo, Ancient and Historic Routes; Routes to the U.S.-Mexico Border; Dangerous and Deadly Border Routes; Desert Searches, Rescues, Author's Searches and Reconnaissance. Profusely illustrated with black and white images, the photographs, descriptive captions, maps and text include Spanish and Native American names and places and feature trans-border biosphere reserves, natural areas, and national parks: All-American Canal, Atascosa Mountains-Tumacacori Highlands, Barry M. Goldwater Range, Big Bend National Park UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Bootheel Country, Chriricahua Apache ancestral lands, Colorado River, Coronado National Memorial, El Pinacate-Gran Desierto de Altar UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (Mexico), Gila Bend Gunnery Range, Gila River, Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Ironwood Forest National Monument, La Frontera (northern Mexico), Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Pajarita Wilderness, Saguaro National Park, Sentinel Plain Volcanic Field, Sinaloa (Mexico), Sonoran Desert National Monument, Sycamore Canyon Natural Area, Tinajas Altas Natural Area, Tohono O'odham and Hia Ced O'odham Tribal Lands, United States/Mexico Boundary Monuments, Wellton-Mohawk Canal. Each volume includes an In Memoriam prayer card dedicated to the lives of individual migrants and border agents who perished in the borderlands.

*VANISHING BORDERLANDS: The Fragile Landscape of the U.S.-Mexico Border by the author is also available on Amazon.com

*John Annerino received the annual Society of Publication Designers Award for his photography in the National Geographic Adventure border feature, "Along the Devil's Highway."

*"National Park War Zone" features the fatal ambush of Park Ranger Kris Eggle in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument on the U.S./Mexico border. "The pictures by John Annerino are truly breathtaking and make the desert come alive," Bonnie Eggle, National Geographic Adventure

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DEAD IN THEIR TRACKS
As the political debate has intensified, headline news about this tragic saga has fallen silent. Yet, more and more illegal border crossers have died trying to cross the desert on their way to what they hoped would be a better life. In this revised edition of his classic work, Annerino examines the impact on both the border crossers and the Border Patrol of harsher border security measures and increasing political pressure.

"Annerino conveys the struggle of migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border with compassion because he had the courage to make the journey himself."
-- National Geographic ADVENTURE

"The story is riveting. Annerino's writing is emotional and graphic."
--San Diego Union-Tribune

"Dead in Their Tracks is an important and troubling work about a desolate corner of the American Southwest and the Mexican men and women who follow the Camino del Diablo in search of the American Dream."
--San Antonio Express-News

"This book, which includes many photos and maps, is a stunning portrayal of the dangers, including death, faced by migrants eager to work in the United States."
--Library Journal

"This book jars the senses with images of death and survival."
--Arizona Daily Star

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