Tuesday, August 4, 2009

AMERICA LIBRE: Review and Giveaway

GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!
AMERICA LIBRE

BY
RAUL RAMOS Y SANCHEZ

ABOUT THE BOOK:

After years of anti-immigrant backlash, anger seethes in the nation's Latino communities. The crowded streets bristle with restless youth, idled by a deep recession. When undercover detectives in San Antonio accidentally kill a young Latina bystander during a botched drug bust, riots erupt across the Southwest. As the inner-city violence escalates, Anglo vigilantes strike back with shooting rampages. Exploiting the turmoil, a congressional demagogue succeeds in passing legislation that transforms the nation's Hispanic enclaves into walled-off Quarantine Zones. Citizens tagged Class H-those who are Hispanic, are married to a Hispanic, or have at least one grandparent of Hispanic origin-are forced into detention centers. Amid the chaos in his L.A. barrio, Manolo Suarez is out of work and struggling to support his growing family. But under the spell of a beautiful Latina radical, the former U.S. Army Ranger and decorated war veteran now finds himself questioning his loyalty to his wife-and to his country.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A long-time resident of the U.S. Midwest, Cuban-born Raul Ramos y Sanchez is a founding partner of BRC Marketing established in 1992 with offices in Ohio and California. Besides developing a documentary for public television, Two Americas: The Legacy of our Hemisphere, he is host of MyIimmigrationStory.com — an online forum for the U.S. immigrant community. In his own words: “The first English word I learned was ‘January.’ I read it on the calendar thumb-tacked to the wall of our apartment in the Bronx as a seven-year-old. I pronounced it Han-noo-a-ree. I’ve managed to learn a few more English words since.”

Could it happen here? (a statement by the author)

When I began writing America Libre in 2004, some thought the book’s premise was unrealistic. An uprising by Hispanics? The idea seemed far-fetched, they said. Today, as the rhetoric over immigration grows more heated, the skeptics are no longer so certain. I posed the nightmare scenario of America Libre as a wake up call to the dangers of extremism—on both sides of this explosive issue. Illegal immigration is a hotly debated topic. Yet it is only the tip of the iceberg. Over the next decade, three other factors will prove equally significant. Some of the volatile conditions presented in America Libre have already surfaced. I hope my abilities as a prophet end here. But the potential for a widespread conflict lurks behind every escalation of our current war of words. Visit Raul Ramos y Sanchez website here.

BINGO'S REVIEW OF AMERICA LIBRE
What a surprising book! I thought this was never going to be "my kind of book". I read lots of genres but this seemed to military/warlike/history for me. Was I wrong! This is an amazing book and Sanchez is a fabulous writer. I now am really looking forward to the next book. This story of a young Latina youth being shot in Texas and it brings about rioting to the point that the National Guard is called in. Shots are fired and people are killed. Across the country their is an outcry and what we are now experiencing in real life is magnified and made very real as the immigration problems that are real concerns erupt in the book. For me, it brought back memories of what happened after Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed.

The book takes it a step farther as Hispanics are labeled and rounded up into camps much like the Japanese during World War II but worse. The characters the author creates are well developed and you care about them all. The action is fast moving and I can see this being made into a film right away. Good people become the enemy and the people we want to have faith in let us down. This is too close to reality and the author does a dynamic job of making the reader become so involved that it is hard to put the book down. If you are lucky enough to win a copy in my giveaway, you will be so pleased but if you don't, I strongly recommend you getting a copy as quickly as possible.

AND SO...
THE GIVEAWAY!!!

THANKS TO LINDA AND THE GOOD
PEOPLE AT THE HACHETTE BOOK GROUP,
I HAVE 10, YES! TEN COPIES TO GIVEAWAY
OF THIS AMAZING BOOK!

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50 comments:

tawnda said...

wow... scary to think that this could happen today... We are working so hard at 'removing' racial labels, but at the same time, it only takes one bad incident to get everyone's blood boiling and, unfortunately, it always seems to come back to race, gender, etc... Scary storyline, but sounds like a must-read!

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Pam said...

I agree - as blind as we claim to be to race, gender, religion, sexuality, etc., we really haven't come all that far. I've read some great reviews of this book, including yours, and would like to read it myself.\

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I like that this book follows such a hotly debated topic.

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Sounds like a thought provoking book - I'd love to be entered. milou2ster(at)gmail.com I subscribe in Google Reader.

Deborah said...

The plot of "America Libre" is scary because with some of the attitudes in the US today, there's a small chance that something like this could happen. asthenight at gmail dot com

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tea said...

I would like to win "America Libre." I love to learn more about the immigrant experience although sometimes there is a lot of emotional and physical pain.

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I just added this book to my wishlist a few days ago!!! I hope I win :D

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Marian said...

I came to the United States to get a degree and hoped to eventually live there, but the INS did not, shall we say, help in that regard. I ended up leaving (with the degree) and now reside in Canada. That's one reason I would love to read about the problems immigrants experience in what often seems like the Promised Land - I lived through a few of them.

That, and I loved the author's story about his first English word being January. :)

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gahome2mom said...

You have peaked my interest with your review. Thanks.

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Vivian Deliz said...

Ok... your review makes me want to read this book. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks.

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Cindy said...

I definitely want to read this one! It sounds very interesting. I live in South Texas so I live close to the border.

Thank you for a great review. I would love to win a copy of this one.

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Anonymous said...

This sounds like a very controversial and provocative book. It is scary that we never get past labeling and prejudice and that this could happen again today. I'd like to read the book.

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Beth said...

I'd like to win this because it would make me think about if this could happen!
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Miss Unconventional, Latina Fatale said...

I've been interested in reading this book because I am interested in issues pertinent to the Latina/o community.

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Ohhh please count me in for this!!! This sounds like such an awful and sad situation :(
Why can't we all just get along??

I really want to read this! You make me want to read it even more!!

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Ally in WA said...

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I'd love to win one of the 10 copies because this is a great topic and I like the futuristic twist. By the way, great review (as always)!

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gaby317 said...

As a noncitizen who has spent over half my life studying and working in the US, I find stories involving immigrants and the immigrant experience moving. this book sounds interesting to me in part because of that. also because i love detective novels!

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Mariela said...

When I was learning about Jews, African-American or Japanese people that had been segregated because either their religion, skin or race I thought it was amazing that people could do that to one another. As a Latina immigrant to the U.S. there are stereotypes that we must constantly battle. I think this is an amazing book and I would dearly love to read it.

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Andrea said...

wow, this book sounds intense, scary to think of something like this happening today

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