From Every End of This Earth and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
$3.99
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This book has already been loved by someone else. It MIGHT have some wear and tear on the edges, have some markings in it, or be an ex-library book. Over-all it is still a good book at a great price! (if it is supposed to contain a CD or access code, that may be missing)
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America Hardcover – October 6, 2009


See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover, October 6, 2009
$1.46 $0.01

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Check out The Amazon Book Review, our editors' fresh new blog featuring interviews with authors, book reviews, quirky essays on book trends, and regular columns by our editors. Explore now

Editorial Reviews

Review

“[An] homage to the sacrifice generation and the children for which they make that sacrifice. . . . Roberts offers not only diversity of geography, but also diversity of experiences. . . . Roberts focuses on each family and tells its tale in a compassionate, engaging way.” (Washington Post)

From the Back Cover

What does it mean to be an immigrant in the United States today? Attitudes about the great melting pot have taken a sharp turn toward insularity in recent years, as the 9/11 attacks and waves of undocumented workers seem to have eroded America's long-standing belief in the value of immigration. Yet the families in From Every End of This Earth conclusively demonstrate that critics are wrong—that in the age of Barack Obama, the son of an immigrant from Kenya, newcomers from around the globe continue to renew America's greatness with their courage and character.

As the political debate rages on, Steven V. Roberts sheds light on the enormous contributions these individuals continue to make to the fabric and future of America.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061245615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061245619
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,643,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

I read this for my Sociology class in college and had to write a book report on it.
Jesse Cerda
To me this is a 5 star book, written by an author who's identity may surprise you when you read the jacket and the Introduction of the book.
J. Lavoie
The thirteen stories are personal and show a personal journey that is also global in nature.
Deborah V

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Deborah V VINE VOICE on October 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Steven V Roberts writes a poignant book of thirteen individuals/families who answer the questions of why they chose to immigrant and what is it like to be an immigrant in America today. As he says in the introduction "this book is about the doers, the risk-takers, the makers of things...."

I became interested in refugees while on a trip to Africa where I happened to read Angelina Jolie's: Notes from My Travels and Bill Bryson's African Diary. They got me thinking about what it must be like to totally displace yourself from everything you know and move to a strange country. Jolie speaks of her visits to refugee camps on behalf of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees and Bryson with his usual humor talks about his experiences in Africa. So From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America intrigued me with its variety and global view point.

The author's grandparents were all immigrants and as a child he would listen to the stories they would tell about their country of birth. His interest in ethnicity followed him throughout his career and this effort to quote the author "is a book about stories. It is not about policies or politics."

In the section on "Survivors" you'll meet people who lived in the countries of Viet Nam, Rwanda, and Sierra Leon where horrendous happenings claimed their families from dismemberment to rape to murder. In desperation they sought to immigrant to some place safe.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Cerda on December 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this for my Sociology class in college and had to write a book report on it. The whole book has to do with immigration and different stories shared that people pursued the American Dream. It's also divided into sections, The Survivors, The International Entrepreneurs, The Business Owners, The Professionals, and The Women. It's a good insight on the immigration process that is currently going on through illegal border crossing to legal process of the immigration in the United States.
The author Steven Roberts interviewed these people and found very insightful information about each of these people. I loved each "character" and it made me feel proud to live in the country that this book talks about.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By American Immigration Council's Community Education Center on July 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Roberts, a journalist by trade and talented story teller by passion, paints the lives of 13 families by retelling their stories in a way that captures the essence of their journeys to the United States as well as their journeys to becoming Americans. Roberts eloquently breaks down many of the myths surrounding immigrants by sharing stories of men, women and children who had to leave so much behind by emigrating. The book is divided into sections, The Survivors, The International Entrepreneurs, The Business Owners, The Professionals, and The Women. The characters and their stories give many fresh perspectives on the issue of immigration.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms P T on October 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was very happy with my purchase of the book "From Every End of This Earth. Although it was considered a used book it came in perfect condition. It was an overstock item....never even read. The service was prompt and hassel-free.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By WLDupuy on March 22, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Though this was required reading for freshman at my University, it captured my interest such that I read on my own the entire book rather than just the several the class necessitated. It provides a wonderful insight to the lives and trials of many immigrants to the USA across varying backgrounds, homelands, and cultures. Quite an eyeopener and very understandable as freshman required reading.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Lonnie LaBouve on February 23, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Had to read this one for a college class. At first it was a bit boring, but then I really got into the story.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is one of the best books that I have read from my home-library in the genre of sociology. I think I feel this way because each of these 13 families have such interesting beginnings and so too their endings. Their accounts are detailed in their own chapters. Such reasons for immigrating to America range from the aftermath of war, living under communism, personal tragedies and unjust governments, to that of gaining freedom of religion and speech, plus furthering the education of their children, as well as the spoils of America's well-known democracy and bounty.

As youngsters we were/are taught that this is a land of freedom and democracy. That might not sound so impressive hearing it from me or from a news anchor on television, but if you pay attention to the personal stories laid out in each chapter, you will find why immigrating to America has been a must for millions of people. You may come to understand other cultures of people and their historical, unrelenting events.

You'll find conflicts of interest between those immigrants who left everything to come here, with their children or grandchildren when it comes to wanting to attain fundamental religious values and cultural norms of the old countries, while the children brought over or those born here want nothing to do with those 'old country' traditions and values because they have their own American norms. Maybe such values might make sense to you from what you see and experience in a local ethnic neighborhood, which is different to that of your own.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?