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A very solid book about an issue that is often just beneath the surface of American history from the colonial period through today.
There are parts of the story that could have been highlighted more, particularly the issues around smuggling on the frontier in 19th century, but this helps tie together a lot of issues. If you've read a lot of American history this will help you connect the dots to among a huge number of issues.
It fills a lot of little gaps. Also, I liked that Andreas was careful not to oversell his point. Smuggling has often been important, but, except perhaps for the run up to the American revolution, rarely the most important single issue, and he admits that. However, smuggling has been a constant secondary issue in many historical developments and this book fills a lot of those gaps.
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This is a crucial reading for anyone interested in homeland security, immigration, drug-smuggling and other illicit trade and travel. Everyone at the Department of Homeland Security and everyone on the office of the President should read it as well. I cannot say enough good things bout this book. Really well done.
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