Book Review: The Devils Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea


Title: The Devils Highway

By: Luis Alberto Urrea

Genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 239

Release Date: 2004

Publisher: Back Bay Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

The author of Across the Wire offers brilliant investigative reporting of what went wrong when, in May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona. Only 12 men came back out.

A national bestseller, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a "book of the year" in multiple newspapers, and a work proclaimed as a modern American classic.


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I picked up this book after reading a review by a fellow book blogger. Check out Helen's Book Blog for her review. This was a very strong, deep read that brought to life the incredible stories of those who dared to have a better life for them and their family, and tried to cross the devil's highway to come to America. A lot of these people didn't survive, they died out in the harsh dessert from exposure to the elements. They were taken advantage of by Coyotes and left for dead. It really was a hard read emotionally, but totally worth it.

What lead me to give this book 3 stars, was the dry, matter of fact way the author tells his stories. If you aren't vested in the words on the page, then you can definitely get board with the content.

In short, the stories are great, writing not so much.
If you really want to have a better understanding of the extremes people will go to, even in vain, to have a better life, then you must read this book.

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