America Libre: A Book Giveaway
The new book by Raul Ramos y Sanchez, America Libre, details a world we don’t want to live in, an imagined future we do not want to see, but one that doesn’t really sound that far-fetched if you pay attention to headlines.
“After years of anti-immigrant backlash, anger seethes in the nation’s Latino communities. The crowded streets bristle with restless youth, idled by a deep recession. When undercover detectives in San Antonio accidentally kill a young Latina bystander during a botched drug bust, riots erupt across the Southwest. As the inner-city violence escalates, Anglo vigilantes strike back with shooting rampages. Exploiting the turmoil, a congressional demagogue succeeds in passing legislation that transforms the nation’s Hispanic enclaves into walled-off Quarantine Zones. Citizens tagged Class H-those who are Hispanic, are married to a Hispanic, or have at least one grandparent of Hispanic origin-are forced into detention centers. “
America Libre, published by Grand Central Publishing, is due July 29, and already has won awards, praise and recommendations from papers such as USA Today.
You can win a copy here on the Tiki Tiki, just by leaving a comment and be sure to watch a Ramos interview to learn more about the premise. Tell us what you think.
About the book, Ramos writes:
“When I began writing America Libre in 2004, some thought the book’s premise was unrealistic. An uprising by Hispanics? The idea seemed far-fetched, they said. Today, as the rhetoric over immigration grows more heated, the skeptics are no longer so certain. I posed the nightmare scenario of America Libre as a wake up call to the dangers of extremism—on both sides of this explosive issue. Illegal immigration is a hotly debated topic. Yet it is only the tip of the iceberg. Over the next decade, three other factors will prove equally significant. Some of the volatile conditions presented in America Libre have already surfaced. I hope my abilities as a prophet end here. But the potential for a widespread conflict lurks behind every escalation of our current war of words.”
From the author page: “A long-time resident of the U.S. Midwest, Cuban-born Raul Ramos y Sanchez is a founding partner of BRC Marketing established in 1992 with offices in Ohio and California. Besides developing a documentary for public television, Two Americas: The Legacy of our Hemisphere, he is host of MyImmigrationStory.com — an online forum for the U.S. immigrant community.” Ramos says the first English word he learned was Han-noo-a-ree or “January,” from a calendar in his Bronx apartment. He was 7.
Ramos is a cool guy who regularly hangs out at Twitter, so the Tiki Tiki knows him well and is happy to promote his book.
Rules: Contest ends July 31; One entry per person; No anonymous comments; Winners must live in the U.S. or Canada; No P.O. Boxes; Five winners will be randomly selected and announced Aug. 1.