Back to home page - News From Nowhere Radical & Community Bookshop

News From Nowhere Radical & Community Bookshop

not-for-profit - a workers'co-op - committed to social justice | 96 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HY - 0151 708 7270

The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail

by Óscar Martínez - £9.99  Verso Books (2014)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781781682975 | ISBN 10: 1781682976

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Economist & The Financial Times
 
One day a few years ago, 300 migrants were kidnapped between the remote desert towns of Altar, Mexico, and Sasabe, Arizona. A local priest got 120 released, many with broken ankles and other marks of abuse, but the rest vanished. Óscar Martínez, a young writer from El Salvador, was in Altar soon after the abduction, and his account of the migrant disappearances is only one of the harrowing stories he garnered from two years spent traveling up and down the migrant trail from Central America and across the US border. More than a quarter of a million Central Americans make this increasingly dangerous journey each year, and each year as many as 20,000 of them are kidnapped.
 
Martínez writes in powerful, unforgettable prose about clinging to the tops of freight trains; finding respite, work and hardship in shelters and brothels; and riding shotgun with the border patrol. Illustrated with stunning full-color photographs, The Beast is the first book to shed light on the harsh new reality of the migrant trail in the age of the narcotraficantes.

(Price & availability last checked: February 2020)

This website can't tell you if we have this book in the shop or not - to ask, phone us or use the enquiry link below. (We can order most books within 7-10 days, subject to availability.)
  


In booklists: USA & Latin America, Immigration, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Latin America,
In categories: World - North America, World - Latin America & Caribbean, Society, Welfare, Justice & the State, Anti-Racism, Peace & Human Rights, Black, Asian & Other Diasporas,

© News From Nowhere Co-operative Ltd IP24524R 2004-2021 | Privacy policy | Contact | return to top of page