Separated: Inside an American Tragedy


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About the Author

Jacob Soboroff is a correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. For his reporting on the child-separation policy, he received the 2019 Walter Cronkite Award for Individual Achievement by a National Journalist and the 2019 Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism. He has appeared on Today, Morning Joe, The Rachel Maddow Show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and numerous other programs. He co-presented (with Katy Tur) the four-part event docuseries American Swamp on MSNBC. He lives in Los Angeles.


"[A] captivating account, which deftly weaves together the political and the personal."--Library Journal
Jacob Soboroff's new book Separated is a kind of skeleton key to understanding the full totality of all the incompetence and cruelty on display by this administration in this era.--Chris Hayes (via Twitter)
Harrowing and deeply informed. ... An impassioned, essential account of 'one of the most shameful chapters in modern American history."--Publishers Weekly
"A piercing look at a controversial immigration policy. ... Consistently affecting and haunting. ... A book of justifiably righteous indignation at--and condemnation of--a monstrous program.--Kirkus Reviews
Soboroff's thoroughly engaging exposé of the inner workings of a corrupt and unfeeling government is essential to understanding America's current immigration misery.--Booklist (starred review)
As a correspondent for NBC News, Soboroff was among the the first to report on the Trump administration's family separation policy; here, he digs deeper into its roots and consequences.--New York Times Book Review, New & Notable
"This book is important. Everyone should read it. We have to face our demons as a country, and this is an opportunity to face our demons." --Joy-Ann Reid
"A powerful and eye-opening account of Trump's separation of migrant families at the US-Mexico border. A wonderful example of political journalism." --Marc Lamont Hill (via Twitter)
"I have relied on Jacob's relentless reporting about the Trump administration's barbaric treatment of migrant children at our border. This is a hard and necessary book. ... Impossible to overstate the importance of Jacob Soboroff's book because it's impossible to overstate the importance of these children and their families." --Connie Schultz (via Twitter)
"Phenomenal. Please read it." --Andrew Zimmern (via Twitter)
"A detailed, graphic account of the Trump administration's horrendous policy of family separations. ... Groundbreaking work. ... All the original reporting in this book is extraordinary." --Andrea Mitchell
"The details Jacob Soboroff uncovered are demoralizing. The government deliberations coupled with the painful personal stories of parents who lost kids and Jacob's own reporting journey make this book a must read." --Katy Tur (via Twitter)
A thorough account. ... Separated takes a well-deserved place among the multiple accounts of the Trump administration's machinations as one journalist's up-close view of an extremely painful moment in the nation's history.--Texas Observer
The NBC News correspondent examines the Trump administration's systematic separation of migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border and the living conditions of the children in custody.--New York Times
"In this fairly stunning new book from Jacob, he has broken news about what happened after the New York Times first reported on the list of kids the Trump administration was keeping to track how many of them had been taken away from their parents." --Rachel Maddow, The Rachel Maddow Show
An expansive, complex, and multi-layered story about the immigration crisis and the policy that separates families seeking asylum in the United States.--Texas Public Radio
Jacob Soboroff zooms in on President Trump and his administration's decision to separate children from their parents as a deterrent to border crossers. In doing so, he illuminates how, in the face of congressional inaction, a cadre of presidential advisers can introduce policies with shocking, unintended consequences.--Washington Post
Shows how the Trump administration implemented a policy that amounted to a humanitarian catastrophe. ... What Soboroff memorably depicts isn't just tragic but brutal.--Jennifer Szalai, New York Times
"Chronicles the crossed wires and cold calculation that fostered America's most glaring humanitarian crisis in recent memory. ... Most affectingly, the book is also a portrait of a Guatemalan father, Juan, and his teenage son, Jose, who sought asylum in the U.S., only to be forced apart as they crossed from Mexico into Arizona."--Forward