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Borderlands Riding the Edge of AmericaSion for security particularly on its two international borders he chooses to investigate He takes a firsthand look at both borders The US Mexican borderlands often disorderly and violent operate according to their own ad hoc system of rules and conventions and are distinct in many ways from the two countries the border divides When security trumps trade the economic well being of both countries is threatened and the upside is difficult to determine American policy makers think the issues of drugs and illegals are ample reason to keep building fences to keep Mexicans out even with no evidence that fences work or are anything but cruel Mexicans' cheap labour keeps the wheels turning in the US economy yet they are resented for trying to get into t This is exactly what you would expect from a travel narrative written by a guy riding a motorcycle Lundy is a fantastic rider Anyone that rides will understand some of Lundy’s insight and feelings about being on the road Lundy has by far the best description of the feeling of riding that can be put into words “The abandonment of constraint” Could not have put it better myself As I read through the text I felt like I really got to know Lundy he does a fantastic job of reporting on what he witnesses as well as relating what he feels The descriptions of the two borders is down right terrifying What are we as Americans trying to accomplish with our over fueled borders? The unconstitutional nature of the border patrol’s actions are insane and addressed in this book I happen to live close to the San Diego Mexico border and let me tell you as someone who is just driving home from a friend’s house or headed out to the desert for some camping I do not appreciate long checkpoint lines and being interrogated without probable cause It was interesting to me to see what a Canadian aka a non American looks in and sees when they analyze these two border situations The one thing I have to say about Lundy though he makes some uestionable mistakes and decisions while riding but I guess the point is he makes it home in the end And he does admit how ugly his motorcycle is so there’s no denial in the writing All in all this is a fantastic read Good insight into the political nature of some individuals and great descriptions of the open road cage free The book is incredibly honest
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Book Æ Borderlands Riding the Edge of America Î 432 pages Download ✓ Derek lundy ☆ [Download] ➾ Borderlands Riding the Edge of America ➹ Derek Lundy – Danpashley.co.uk The periphery of a place can tell us a great deal about its heartland along the edge He country illegally or legally More people have died trying to cross this border than in the 911 attacks At almost 9000 kilometres the US border with Canada is the longest in the world The northern border divides the planet's two biggest trading partners and that relationship demands the fast easy flow of goods and services in both directions Since the events of 911 however the United States has slowly and steadily choked the flux of trade just in time parts shipments are in jeopardy; trucks must wait for inspection and clearance; people must be uestioned The border is thickening In prose that is compelling impressive and at times frightening Derek Lundy's incredible journey is illuminating enough to change minds as great writing can sometimes Derek can write but as with some of his other books he tends to try and emulate other writers as with this book I think he was trying to do the Zen and the Art of Mororcycle Maintenance though with less Zen I was surpised in his travels on the border with ManitobaNorth Dakota he did not mention the one item that I feel really defines the border and that is the dozen or so Nuclear Missle silos within 20 km of the border In the USA of course there are none in Canada How could you miss mentioning that???
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The periphery of a place can tell us a great deal about its heartland along the edge of a nation's territory its real prejudices fears and obsessions but also its virtues irrepressibly bubble up as its people confront the 'other' whom they admire or fear or hold in contempt and know little about September 11 2001 changed the United States utterly and nothing so than the physical reality the perception and the meaning of its borders from Borderlands Derek Lundy turns sixty at the end of a year in which three good friends have died He feels the need to do something radical and sets out on his motorcycle a Kawasaki KLR 650 cc single cylinder thumper which he describes as unpretentious and also butt ugly Fascinated by the United States' post 911 pas “Borderlands” is less about the intricacies and rush of distance motorcycle riding than about the historical antecedents that produced our current borders with Mexico and Canada and the current state of each vis à vis the US I expected about biking but uickly realized that Derek probably should have avoided motorcycles judging from some of the near misses with death that he recounts on his first outing from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific ocean I do give him credit for exposing the nature of a border and what it means to those living in the nether regions of the US particularly along the much contested and freuently violent Mexican borderHe effectively portrays the loopiness of the border guards at one of the less travelled northern borders saying he feels like he’s in “a cartoon and the Border Patrol guys are Yosemite Sam jumping up and down in impotent rage as sardonic critters go about their insouciant business not worried at all and only a little inconvenienced by the furious cowboy” I too like what he had to say about relatively benign nature of the Canadians of which he is one and how many misinformed Americans are clamoring for a border fence similar to the behemoth installed on much of the MexicanUS border to prevent additional terrorists from entering the country as they wrongly believe the 911 hijackers didThe following pretty sums up his philosophizing about the presence and nature of borders “The idea of the southern US border as a permeable membrane through which pass illegals – economic pilgrims – searching for a better life has a northern variant The Canadian border too allows for a flow of people and for a much greater passage of ideas and culture facilitated by a common language and by the respective peoples’ similar origins But the border is also a sticky metaphorical membrane It’s not really undefended It is garrisoned by an ironic rueful sense of self and by an ingrained awareness of the limits of human endeavor