14 Miles: Building the Border Wall


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Simon & Schuster
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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.06 pounds

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About the Author

DW Gibson is the author of the award-winning book The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century and Not Working: People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today's Changing Economy. He shared a National Magazine Award for his work on an oral history of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. His work has also appeared in Harper's, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Village Voice, and The Caravan. Gibson is a contributor to NPR's All Things Considered and a frequent guest host for WNYC programming. He is also the author of 14 Miles.


"Deeply reported and lyrically wrought, DW Gibson's investigation illuminates the border's complex ecosystem and the wall's looming power of disruption."

--Eliza Griswold, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America

"14 Miles is a book teeming with voices. In it, DW Gibson talks to migrants and smugglers, border agents and activists, property barons and wall contractors, faith leaders and vigilantes, and border residents of every imaginable stripe. The result is a rich and complex mosaic, one that, while smartly rooted in a singular stretch of terrain, is nevertheless emblematic of our entire incongruous borderline."

--Francisco Cantรบ, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border

"DW Gibson has written the definitive account of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. In 14 Miles, he shows how as each section of the barrier goes up, countless lives are being dismantled. This is an important and eye-opening book."

--Reyna Grande, bestselling author of The Distance Between Us and A Dream Called Home

"Forget everything you think you know about President Trump's 'big, beautiful' border wall. DW Gibson has given us an unforgettable portrait of perhaps the most surreal political project in American history. 14 Miles is a beautifully written and compelling travelogue, capturing the human stories along the border that seem a million miles away from the political rhetoric in Washington. Gibson shows that building a wall might not keep anyone out of the U.S.A., but it's definitely changing the character of those of us on this side."

--Christopher Leonard, New York Times bestselling author of Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America

"DW Gibson brings us an up-close and intimate account of what's really happening with the construction of the southern border wall, from the people who live and work there, from those whose lives have been most impacted by this ill-fated attempt to deal with the crisis on the border. Meet the deportados, artists, activists, Border Patrol agents, priests, ranchers, vigilantes, polleros, and lawyers. Their own words, unfiltered, on what's happening beyond the rhetoric and sound bites. This book is an immersive experience that will bring you closer to one of the most important and misunderstood issues of our time."

--Oscar Cรกsares, author of Where We Come From