State Out of the Union

Arizona and the Final Showdown Over the American Dream

By Jeff Biggers
(Nation Books, Hardcover, 9781568587028, 304pp.)

Publication Date: October 2012

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Arizona has gone wild—over immigration, guns, healthcare, the Tea Party, and vigilantism. Award-winning author and Arizona local Jeff Biggers reports on what’s troubling our 48th state, and how a radicalized Arizona has become a national bellwether.

About the Author

Jeff Biggers is the American Book Award-winning of The United States of Appalachia, and In the Sierra Madre. He has worked as a writer, radio correspondent and educator across the United States, Europe, India and Mexico. His award-winning stories have appeared on National Public Radio, Public Radio International and in numerous magazines and newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, Salon, among others. He splits his time between Tucson and Illinois. His website is:

Praise For State Out of the Union

Kirkus Review
“The author is masterful at showing how the past is prologue…A timely book, especially with immigration policy playing a major role in the upcoming presidential campaign.”

Publishers Weekly, Top Ten Social Science Titles, 2012
“Perhaps no issue captures better what it means to be American than the contentious legislative debate around who can become American. Certainly, that question will be a major part of the November election, and into the fray comes an examination of the controversial policies and practices in Arizona. State Out of the Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown Over the American Dream by Jeff Biggers.”

Luis Urrea, author of The Devil’s Highway, The Hummingbird’s Daughter
“Jeff Biggers has the unblinking gaze of the honed journalist, a novelist’s sense of image and story, and a prophet’s cache of outrage. He stands in my very short list of American literary heroes. With his new book, Biggers shows us he can write anything–and do it well. His aim is true.”

Publishers Weekly
“Arizona’s nativist Right gets pilloried in this feisty, very partisan chronicle of the state’s immigration politics.”

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