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Border Patrol
  • Trim Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/4
  • ISBN-10: 1604136359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60413-635-7
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 12/01/2010
  • Dewey Number: 363
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 128

Summary

The first incarnation of the U.S. Border Patrol, the Mounted Watchmen, was created by Theodore Roosevelt in 1904. Disorganized and poorly funded, it was responsible for patrolling the Mexican border for illegal Chinese immigrants. Today the U.S. Border Patrol uses advanced technology such as night-vision glasses, automatic rifles, electronic alarms, helicopters, airplanes, and unmanned drones to ensure the security of America's borders on land, air, and sea. Border Patrol tracks the history of this agency, highlighting changes in leadership, duties, equipment, and potential threats.

Key topics covered include:

  • Border Patrol duties
  • Drug smuggling
  • Border Patrol equipment
  • Prohibition Era issues
  • Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR)
  • Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC)
  • The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the borders
  • Mexican drug cartels.

Specifications

Full-color and black-and-white photographs. Sidebars. Chronology. Endnotes. Bibliography. Further resources. Index.

About the Author(s)

William Weir was a military police private first class and a U.S. Army combat correspondent and photographer during the Korean War. After leaving the army, he became a newspaper reporter and photographer, and then a public relations specialist for a telephone company. While working for the phone company, he wrote freelance magazine articles on a variety of subjects, specializing in crime. He has written 12 books, most of them on military history.

Reviews and Awards

"Solidly and comprehensively researched...An attractive design, plenty of photos, and solid back matter complete each package. Extremely useful for students and appealing for browsers."


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