Fortress Europe

Fortress Europe : Dispatches from a Gated Continent

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Singled out by Foreign Affairs for its reporting on "the brutal frontiers of new Europe," Fortress Europe is the story of how the world's most affluent region--and history's greatest experiment with globalization--has become an immigration war zone, where tens of thousands have died in a humanitarian crisis that has galvanized the world's attention. Journalist Matthew Carr brings to life remarkable human dramas, based on ex- tensive interviews and firsthand reporting from the hot zones of Europe's immigration battles, in a narrative that moves from the desperate immigrant camps at the mouth of the Channel Tunnel in Calais, France, to the chaotic Mediterranean sea, where African migrants have drowned by the thousands. Speaking with key European policy makers, police, soldiers on the front lines, immigrant rights activists, and an astonishing range of migrants themselves, Carr offers a lucid account both of the broad issues at stake in the crisis and its exorbitant human costs. The paperback edition includes a new afterword by the author, which offers an up-to-the-minute assessment of the 2015 crisis and a searing critique of Europe's response to the new waves of refugees.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 20.32mm | 383g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1620972220
  • 9781620972229
  • 1,291,179

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"An eye-opening journey around the periphery of Europe, observing humanity on the move and injustice in action...A gripping, troubling, shocking account."
--Philippe Sands, author of Torture Team: Rumsfeld's Memo and the Betrayal of American Values "Unflinching."
--Kirkus Reviews "This disturbing but hopeful book humanizes the face of 21st-century immigration."
--Publishers Weekly "The power of this stirring, authentic account comes from Carr's ability to capture the refugee experience."
--Booklist "A crucial book for anyone seeking to understand how dreams of unfettered personal freedom and mobility for all transformed into a Europe dominated by ranks of gates, cordons, biometrics and camps."
--Professor Stephen Graham, Newcastle University
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About Matthew Carr

Matthew Carr is a writer, broadcaster, and journalist. He is the author of several works of nonfiction, including Blood and Faith, The Infernal Machine, and Sherman's Ghosts (all published by The New Press), as well as the acclaimed memoir My Father's House. He lives in Britain.
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