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I nearly quit listening to this book, not because it wasn't riveting, but because it was tough to listen to. Urrea does a masterful job, and his prose sounds more like poetry as he describes the trials of the 26 men who tried to walk into the United States through the Mexican/American desert. But he doesn't pull any punches as he describes in vivid detail the changes the body is subjected to as it slowly dies in the desert heat. He is also careful to tell everyone's story in an objective fashion and allow the listener to draw their own conclusions about who is right and who is wrong in this continuing border debate. I personally believe we gain far more than we lose by welcoming our neighbors to the south, especially in a time when our employers (at least in Wisconsin) are desperate for a fresh workforce. Listen and decide for yourself.