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The Closing of the American Border

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The Closing of the American Border

Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11

By Edward Alden

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061558405, 346pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 2009

The Closing of the American Border is a provocative, behind-the-scenes investigation into the consequences of America's efforts to secure its borders since 9/11. Basing his conclusions on extensive interviews with former secretary of homeland security Tom Ridge, former secretary of state Colin Powell, other Bush administration officials, and many of the innocent people whose lives have been upended by the new border security and visa rules, Edward Alden offers a striking and compelling assessment of the dangers faced by a nation that cuts itself off from the rest of the world.

Praise For The Closing of the American Border

“A thought-provoking study that will leave you looking at our borders in a new light.”
-The San Antonio Express-News

“Alden’s book reads like a case study in good intentions and bad effects.”
-The Wall Street Journal

“In this revealing and richly researched account, Alden describes how the Bush administration came to rely on the blunt instrument of immigration enforcement to carry out its counterterrorism strategy after 9/11.”
-Julia Preston, Foreign Affairs

“Compellingly argued and meticulously researched.”
-Clive Crook, The Financial Times