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"In an atmosphere rife with so much hypocrisy, Mr. Hanson's outspoken book is quite a breath of fresh air."
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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books; Second Edition edition (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594032173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594032172
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Victor Davis Hanson is Professor of Greek and Director of the Classics Program at California State University, Fresno. He is the author or editor of many books, including Who Killed Homer? The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom (with John Heath, Free Press, 1998), and The Soul of Battle (Free Press, 1999). In 1992 he was named the most outstanding undergraduate teacher of classics in the nation.

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Native Daughter on August 24, 2009
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Having grown up in California I can relate to what Hanson is saying... his expose of the Mexican government's use of California as a "relief valve" for Mexico's problems (i.e., abuses of their own people) jives with what friends -- from Mexican upper classes -- have told me. Unfortunately California HAS changed so much since 1970 we are considering leaving... the influx is just too much. This is not a racist book at all. This book explains what I notice every day. If anything I feel MORE understanding of Mexican/Indian peoples' issues. But I also wonder whether or not I'll remain in my home state as it is being overwhelmed. We are indeed, the canary in the coal mine.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By an apt word on March 11, 2009
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Hanson is a 4th generation Californian who grew up under the old assimilationist model of the 50's and 60's when English was the official language. Any cockiness from a Latino migrant would have been answered this way: "If it really is so good over there, why don't you go back?" That doesn't happen anymore.

He describes the irony of Latino migration northward to freedom, only to assume here the same tribalist, statist values they fled. These values are enforced by the Movimiento and assisted by American benevolence and self-loathing. "Malinchismo," the supposed American betrayal of the Mexican people, is readily believable to an American public indoctrinated with guilt in their own public schools.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By The Max on May 7, 2011
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Book flows very well. Reader's interest is constantly engaged. Victor Davis Hanson is one of the best military history writers ever; however, this book is both a personal contemporary acccount as well as an excellent overview of the many issues and controversies regarding immigration. He writes with genuine compassion for the Mexicans who have entered the U.S. ---illegally or otherwise. Numerous individual stories and anecdotes are rendered. He holds nothing back in detailing the tremendous cost in lives and resources wasted due to the policies and greed of many on both sides of the border. "Mexifornia" is an enlightened way to understanding what is going on today. He could write an updated book on the subject and truthfully state "I told you so" or "Thought I was kidding, didn't You?"
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Severn on July 27, 2008
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Although I'm not finished with this book, so far, it's fascinating and well balanced. Anyone interested in getting a fresh perspective on what's happening to our country because of illegal immigration and our politically correct giving in to illegal aliens' needs without in return demanding them to assimilate into our culture should read this book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By joelfarm on May 20, 2010
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What an amazing account of what has/is occurring to our once great Nation. Dr. Hansen attempted to warn us in 2002 as to the invasion of our borders. I can remember those wistful days of uncrowded streets where street gangs were seen only in the "big city". He documents the illegal invasion accurately and without bias. This book is now destined to become a historical account of the greatest problem to ever face our Nation.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 5, 2012
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The author asks in the Preface to this 2003 book, "So are we now a Mexifornia, Calexico, Aztlán, El Norte, Alta California, or just plain California with new faces and the same old customs? ... Mexifornia is about the nature of a new California and what it means for America---a reflection upon the strange society that is emerging as a result of a demographic and cultural revolution like no other in our times."

He notes in the Introduction that California is home to 40% of America's illegal immigrants (Pg. 4), and points out that what is new is not so much the increased volume of immigration, but "a growing despair and uncertainty over how---and even whether---to assimilate the arrivals into the fabric of the United States." (Pg. 5) Later, he opines that "California has always been a great, though risky experiment in a truly multiracial society, united by a common language, culture, and law." (Pg. 121-122)

He argues that an employer (such as a farmer) who is saving money by paying no taxes or benefits to illegal workers "pays more than he thinks for illegal aliens in the form of rising taxes as well as a fraying social fabric." (Pg. 15) He points out that a past immigrant "knew that if he did not learn English and the American system, he was going to be left behind as his peers pressed ahead... a Mexican accepts as a given that Pacific Bell will double the size of its directory assistance just to accomodate her Spanish." (Pg. 23) The once-standard goal of assimilation "is now ridiculed as racist and untrue." (Pg. 84)

He asserts that the "professional Mexican-American leadership that thrives in government, journalism and universities... more often seek preferences based... on past bias against their fathers and hostility presently expressed toward illegals.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Zato Ici on February 10, 2008
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More than a casual update, this is a substantially improved book. The concluding musings on where our country might go from here are absolutely first rate. Discussion of this version is sparse, but discussion of the original, <http://www.amazon.com/Mexifornia-Becoming-Victor-Davis-Hanson/dp/1594030561/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t> is spirited and thought provoking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeff L Worrell on July 2, 2013
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written from the point of view of a fellow laborer living in the CA area, describes the changes both good and bad in the area due to illegal immigration. Some will take offense, but the thoughts and views are heartfelt. Arguments are backed up and good suggestions are given.
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