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Desert Duty: On the Line with the U.S. Border Patrol Hardcover – October 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0292722835 ISBN-10: 0292722834

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  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292722834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292722835
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,485,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

BILL BROYLES has been walking the desert borderlands—the setting for many of his favorite memories—for more than thirty-five years. He is currently a research associate at the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center. His books include Sunshot: Peril and Wonder in the Gran Desierto, and he coedited Dry Borders: Great Natural Reserves of the Sonoran Desert.

MARK HAYNES joined the Border Patrol in 1978 and retired after twenty-five years of service in the Yuma area. He spent three years as Agent in Charge of the Tacna/Wellton Station and also served as Assistant Chief Patrol Agent of the Yuma Sector. Currently, he is an active member of the Arizona Historical Society.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ann Wolfe on December 1, 2010
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This heavily researched view into the daily lives of Border Patrol workers over the years was very enlightening. Until recent issues on the border, I had no idea how long this branch of government workers has been on the job. It seems the authors really did their homework in getting to the heart of the day-to-day toil of this profession. I'd be interested in a follow up with the new brand of Border Patrol out there in huge numbers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles R. Preston on August 6, 2011
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An excellent read with interesting stories from the folks who have been fighting the border wars for the last 30 years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Smith on April 7, 2012
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I was not impressed with this book. Having spent time in the Border Patrol myself I was expecting much more than a bunch of guys telling "war stories". I would not recommend this book
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Brown on December 8, 2011
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Anything with Bill Broyles' name on it will always be worth reading and that's why I picked up "Border Duty" without hesitation. When glancing at the New Books shelf in our local library the title caught my eye first, then Broyles name, so it went home with me last week in a case of mistaken identity. I've read several Iraq war books over the past few years and thot this must be the latest and, coming from Bill B, it must be a worthy read. Later in the day when actually looking at the book more carefully I was surprised to see it's really about the U.S. Border Patrol. As mild disappointment crept in, I began to read these transcribed oral histories of former Border Patrol agents and agent/pilots and can state unequivocally that this book should be read by anyone who feels strongly about the protection of our borders, especially the southern one. These are hard working, dedicated Americans whose jobs most of us would not want to do but they do thoughtfully and with a lot of compassion. While catching people trying to enter the U. S. illegally is their main task, without exception they also save lives on a regular basis. This is especially true in the desert southwest where conditions are harsh, unforgiving, and lethal simply because many "illegals" underestimate the danger in walking across many miles of vast desert land. This book offers more insight per page into the human condition than any I've read in a while. All the book's life histories are told by career agents who spent 20, 30, and more years doing an essential job that is woefully misunderstood and under appreciated.Read more ›
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