The Coyote's Bicycle: The Untold Story of 7,000 Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderland Empire

by Taylor, Kimball (Author)

ISBN: 9781941040201

Month*: 3

Format: Hardcover, 380 pages

Publisher: Tin House Books, February 2016

Product Dimensions: 8.6 L × 5.7 W × 1.5 H

Publisher Marketing: Publisher Marketing: It wasn t surprising when the first abandoned bicycles were found along the dirt roads and farmland just across the border from Tijuana, but before long they were arriving in droves. The bikes went from curiosity, to nuisance, to phenomenon. But until they caught the eye of journalist Kimball Taylor, only a small cadre of human smugglers coyotes and migrants could say how or why they d gotten there. And only through Taylor s obsession did another curious migratory pattern emerge: the bicycles movement through the black market, Hollywood, the prison system, and the military-industrial complex.Thisis the story of 7,000 bikes that made an incredible journey and one young man from Oaxaca who arrived at the border with nothing, built a small empire, and then vanished. Taylor follows the trail of the border bikes through some of society s most powerful institutions, and, with the help of an unlikely source, he reconstructs the rise of one of Tijuana s most innovativecoyotes. Touching on immigration and globalization, as well as the history of the US/Mexico border, TheCoyote s Bicycleis at once an immersive investigation of an outrageous occurrence and a true-crime, rags-to-riches story.

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