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Empire of Borders

How the US Is Exporting Its Border Around the World
Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Politics
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The United States is outsourcing its border patrol abroad - and essentially expanding its borders in the process.

The 21st century has been an era of hardening borders-increased borderland patrols, surveillance, and militarization are widening the chasm between those who can vacation (or do business) where they please, and others whose movements are restricted by armed guards. But as journalist Todd Miller finds in Empire of Borders, the US border is also becoming increasingly fluid, expanding thousands of miles outside of US territory often to protect Washington's interests.

In places like Argentina, Kosovo, Honduras, Jordan, and Afghanistan, US border patrol works alongside local agents to block migrants, terrorists, drug runners, and smugglers from ever approaching the US. Empire of Borders traces the rise of this border regime, along with practices of "extreme vetting" and the vast global industry for border and homeland security. But in visiting the Jordan/Syria border, as well as Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Kenya, Palestine, Mexico, and the Philippines, Miller finds instead a global war against the poor.

©2019 Todd Miller (P)2019 Tantor

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Excellent investigative journalism by Todd Miller

Todd Miller's new book is a must listen to understand the United States' extension of its borders throughout the world. He provides insightful investigative journalism and thoughtful anaylsis of the impact of border policing and the resulting exclusion of the underserved population around the world. Miller has traveled extensively and reports personal experiences in a "boots on the ground" fashion to provide inside stories of the effect of international borders on individual lives. Miller expertly sets forth the history of the establishment of international borders and artfully weaves personal stories throughout captivating the listener's attention. Like Miller's first two books ("Border Patrol Nation" and "Storming the Wall"), "Empire of Borders" is a masterpiece of investigative journalism, thorough research, and creative writing.

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