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The Coyote's Bicycle

The Untold Story of 7,000 Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderland Empire

By Kimball Taylor

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Format: Hardcover, 380 pages
Published In: United States, 01 February 2016
It wasn't surprising when the first abandoned bicycles were found along the dirt roads and farmland just across the border from Tijuana, but before long they were arriving in droves. The bikes went from curiosity, to nuisance, to phenomenon. But until they caught the eye of journalist Kimball Taylor, only a small cadre of human smugglers--coyotes--and migrants could say how or why they'd gotten there. And only through Taylor's obsession did another curious migratory pattern emerge: the bicycles' movement through the black market, Hollywood, the prison system, and the military-industrial complex. This is the story of 7,000 bikes that made an incredible journey and one young man from Oaxaca who arrived at the border with nothing, built a small empire, and then vanished. Taylor follows the trail of the border bikes through some of society's most powerful institutions, and, with the help of an unlikely source, he reconstructs the rise of one of Tijuana's most innovative coyotes. Touching on immigration and globalization, as well as the history of the US/Mexico border, The Coyote's Bicycle is at once an immersive investigation of an outrageous occurrence and a true-crime, rags-to-riches story.

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Journalist Taylor deftly guides readers over la frontera and back again, many times, to unravel the story behind the thousands of bikes of all shapes and sized abandoned over the years along the Mexican-U.S. border . . . . a place that's as complex as it is enchanting.

EAN: 9781941040201
ISBN: 1941040209
Publisher: Tin House Books
Dimensions: 21.84 x 14.48 x 3.81 centimetres (0.64 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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