Borderlands: Riding the Edge of America

  • Title: Borderlands: Riding the Edge of America
  • Author: Derek Lundy
  • ISBN: 9780307398635
  • Page: 321
  • Format: Paperback
  • Borderlands Riding the Edge of America 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
    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 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 9 11 passion for security, particularly on its two international borders, he chooses to investigate He takes a firsthand look at both borders The U.S 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 U.S economy yet they are resented for trying to get into the country illegally or legally More people have died trying to cross this border than in the 9 11 attacks At almost 9,000 kilometres, the U.S 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 9 11, 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 questioned 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 do.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. “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 more about biking but quickly 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 th [...]

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    2. 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 w [...]

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    3. 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 Manitoba/North 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 m [...]

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    4. I enjoyed the travel sections more than the history sections.

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    5. Too much history, too little anecdotal story.

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    6. This book is all the more interesting for having been written several years before Trump. As a Canadian, I didn't quite realize the extent of anti-Mexico sentiment that existed back then, and reading it seemed like looking into a crystal ball to see the future, which is our "now". The author's accounts of his travels and encounters with local people in the "borderlands" were the best parts of the book. The background and history lessons were also very informative and taught me some things I hadn [...]

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