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New York Times bestselling author Steven V. Roberts follows the stories of
thirteen families in this poignant, eye-opening look at immigration in America
America is a nation of immigrants. But what does it mean to be an immigrant in
the United States today? In some ways, the experience has never changed--all
newcomers feel the pain of separation. In other ways, it has changed
drastically--families maintain strong business ties to their home countries and
speak daily with their relatives on cell phones.
Attitudes about the great melting pot have taken a sharp turn toward
insularity in recent years. The 9/11 attacks and recent waves of undocumented
workers seem to have eroded America's long-standing belief in the value of
immigration. Yet the families in this book conclusively demonstrate that
critics are wrong, and that in the age of Barack Obama, the son of an immigrant
from Kenya, newcomers "from every end of this earth" continue to renew
America's greatness, every day, with their courage and character.
Having shared his own family's story in My Fathers' Houses, distinguished
journalist Steven V. Roberts now profiles immigrants from China and
Afghanistan, Mexico and Sierra Leone, who have journeyed to our shores in
pursuit of the same dream that propelled his own grandparents to leave Russia
and Poland a century ago. He combines compelling interviews and meticulous
research to produce an engaging, wonderfully clear, and accessible narrative
that explores each family's original yet deeply resonant story.
As the political debate rages on, Roberts offers an essential and timely look
at today's immigrant accounts, and sheds light on the enormous contributions
these individuals continue to make to the fabric and future of America.