Fourteen years in the making, this is a chronicle of the nearly two-thousand-mile international line between the United States and Mexico. It is an historical account largely through the eyes and experiences of government agents, politicians, soldiers, revolutionaries, outlaws, Indians, engineers, immigrants, developers, illegal aliens, business people, and wayfarers looking for a job. It is essentially the untold story of lines drawn in water, sand, and blood, of an intrepid, durable people, of a civilization whose ebb and flow of history is as significant as any in the world.Award-winning historian Leon Metz takes the reader from America's early westward expansion to today's awesome border problems of water rights, pollution, immigration, illegal aliens, and the massive effort of two nations attempting to pull together for a common cause.
LEON C. METZ was born and educated in Parkersburg, West Virginia, and has resided in El Paso, Texas, since 1952. Past president of Western Writers of America, he was honored in 1985 with that organization's prestigious Saddleman Award for his overall contributions to western writing. Author of nine books and numerous articles in magazines, newspapers, and historical journals, Metz is a popular lecturer on gunfighters, military lore, and the borderlands.