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Cordoba, Carol

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ISBN 10: 1558851666 / ISBN 13: 9781558851665
Published by Arte Publico Press : University of Houston, Houston, 1996
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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FIRST PRINTING of the First Edition. A true account of a black illegal alien from Columbia trying to reach American soil via being a stowaway on an oil tanker - hiding in the rudder housing and braving cold, hunger, and the churning propeller blades - he ultimately being caught by the INS and going through the American justice system, but eventually marrying an American woman and finding safe haven in the United States. Hardcover with dust jacket, 284pp. A very nice copy, the jacket neatly encased in an acid-free archival plastic protector. Rare. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 00011879

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Title: Stowaway

Publisher: Arte Publico Press : University of Houston, Houston

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Nicolas Cordoba has attempted the incredible -- smuggling his way into the United States in a submerged airpocket above the rudder of an oil tanker. Read the extraordinary account of an ordinary man, his deprived background in Colombia, the hopes and dreams that led him to attempt so dangerous an entry into the land of plenty and how his dream turned into the nightmare of incarceration for drug smuggling -- a crime for which he claims complete innocence.

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The remarkable, true story of Nicolas Cordoba's desperate journey to reach American soil by stowing away in the rudder trunk of on oil tanker begins with his adolescence in Colombia. A prisoner of poverty, he develops one ingenious scheme after another to survive on the mean streets of destitution. When a daring way out occurs to him, Nicolas intrepidly executes his dangerous plan. But little does he know that the tanker he chooses is headed for the frigid waters of New York Harbor instead of balmy Miami. After having braved cold, hunger and the blades of the propeller, the luckless stowaway is discovered by police scuba divers. But when he is arrested, the charge is for a much greater crime than illegal immigration. The dream of reaching the United States becomes a nightmare as the memoir follows Nicolas' progress through the American system of justice, and the onslaught of media headlines.

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