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In his gripping and provocative debut, anthropologist Jason De Leon sheds light on one of the most pressing political issues of our time - the human consequences of US immigration policy. The Land of Open Graves reveals the suffering and deaths that occur daily in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona as thousands of undocumented migrants attempt to cross the border from Mexico into the US.  

Drawing on the four major fields of anthropology, De Leon uses an innovative combination of ethnography, archaeology, linguistics, and forensic science to produce a scathing critique of "Prevention through Deterrence", the federal border-enforcement policy that encourages migrants to cross in areas characterized by extreme environmental conditions and high risk of death. For two decades, this policy has failed to deter border crossers while successfully turning the rugged terrain of Southern Arizona into a killing field.  

In harrowing detail, De Leon chronicles the journeys of people who have made dozens of attempts to cross the border and uncovers the stories of the objects and bodies left behind in the desert. The Land of Open Graves will spark debate and controversy.

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Eye opening great read!!

This book is amazing. If you have any opinions about weather or not America should be funding a border wall, read this book! It sheds light on alot of the unknowns that most Americans are probably completely unaware of that are happening on our southern border.The narration starts off a little but slow due to the author setting the tone and making the reader aware of where his information comes from, but it turned out i couldnt stop listening and finished it in 2 days!

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This book is too biased for me

Author’s bias made it so I couldn’t stand to listen to more than a couple hours of the book. I was hoping for a more objective book to understand the situation at a border. This book is not that.

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  • 02-28-20

Best anthropology book I've read/listened to

absolutely loved this book was really intresting and informative highly recommended listening/reading it. very helpful for my uni degree aswell