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Dear America

Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
Narrated by: Jose Antonio Vargas
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (337 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, called “[T]he most famous undocumented immigrant in America”, tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms.

“This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book - at its core - is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means to not have a home.

"After 25 years of living illegally in a country that does not consider me one of its own, this book is the closest thing I have to freedom.” (Jose Antonio Vargas, from Dear America)

©2018 Undocumented LLC (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Vargas's performance of his memoir is sincere, intelligent, and thoughtful.... Vargas exhibits passion and composure even as critics exhort him to 'get in line' to become a citizen - though no such path exists from his current status." (AudioFile)

Editorial Review

Defining home

There are books that are so perfectly right for the zeitgeist that it’s scary and amazing at the same time, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas’s memoir of his life as an undocumented person is such a book. The audiobook takes it to another level as his voice brings home the reality of his life since coming from the Philippines at the age of 11, what it means to be living in limbo in this day and age (deportation is a real threat to him since he publicly outed himself in an essay to cease hiding in plain sight), and why we all must grapple with the future of immigration policies—all while displaying a killer knack for imagery, such as when he compared his native Tagalog accent to "the sound of tropical rain pouring down on cement." It’s a reminder of the real life hearts and minds we stand to lose beyond the illegal alien headlines. —Abby W., Audible Editor

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Excellent

This is an eye-opening and ultimately heart-wrenching book, perfectly narrated by the author. Thank you for it.

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Wow

I actually learned something. History. I didn't know the Philippines had been conquered by the Spaniards. if people were here all their lives , cannot speak the language of their birth country, or here longer than twenty years, they should be tested for citizenship.

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Immigration issues

A great story on the daily challenges of people we meet every day, and the need to evaluate our priorities and values as a country.

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Such an emotional ride!

This is the first Audible book I've listened to from beginning to end. Jose shares such an emotional, thoughtful and riveting story. I hope he writes a follow up.

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What would you do?

When I selected the book I understood the subject would be immigration but I wasn't prepared for the difficulty migrants needed to endure. There is no clear path to become a U S citizen, there's no line to stand in, and the possibility of deportation and or arrest lurching everywhere. Jose explains the confusing world he was forced to participate in. The paranoia generated by the citizens of our country is unbelievable. People we need to get our shit together and create a clear path to naturalization. Regardless of what is commonly said immigrants do provide necessary labor in our country, they provide much for us!

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A great source on understanding immigration

when you're ready to hear a first person perspective on how the immigration laws and rhetoric affect real people.

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Wow! EVERY American Should Read This Book!!!

Mr. Vargas has done all of us a huge favor by writing this book which tells the story of his life. My hope is every American will read it to better understand how much we need to change our many many misguided policies on immigration.

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Moving story and well told

Jose Antonia Vargas has the courage to be an undocumented citizen, specially in this times! Moving story and well told

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The best of America

An inspiring, must read, especially for those who are feeling despair for these trying times.

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a must read

For anyone who has ever wanted to gain a better understanding of immigration policy in America and its impact on migrants this is a must read.