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@FREE EPUB ⛅ The Border ⚩ Insightful, prescient and often funny, The Border explores what it means to be Canadian and what Canada means to the giant to our southIf good fences make good neighbours, do we have the sort of fence that will allow us to maintain neighbourly relations with the world s only superpower In The Border, well known political scientist and journalist James Laxer explores this question by taking the reader on a compellingmile journey into culture, politics, history, and the future of Canadian sovereigntyLong ignored or celebrated as the world s longest undefended border, the line between us and the US is now a stress point The attacks on the World Trade Center announced to the world that North America is no longer a quiet neighbourhood and made our relationship with the US one of the most pressing questions facing CanadiansThe porousness of the border is sure to be problematic as the world becomes troubled Canadian officials complain of American pornography, drugs, untaxed cigarettes and, especially, guns moving northwards For their part, the FBI and US Customs Service blame Canada for the infiltration of Chinese gangs smuggling immigrants and, urgently, third world terrorist cells based north of the borderDrawing deeply from history and anecdote, Laxer shows that for all our neighbourly good will, the Canada US border has been contentious since the American War of Independence In the mid s the Americans tried to seize the west coast up to the th parallel On the other hand, untilthe Canadian Army s Defence Scheme Number One was to launch a surprise attack on the US with Mexico and Japan as alliesBut beyond the fraught politics of the border, Laxer discovers another legacy as well Travelling the country from Campobello island in the east to Richmond BC in the west all the way up to the Alaska panhandle in the north, Laxer meets people who live within a stone s throw of the foreigners on the other side, and who share with him tales of friendship and rivalry, smuggling and trade that have shaped the character of their communities Part history, part travelogue, and part political essay, this book is an account of the author s travels to some of the towns and cities along the US Canada border I found it entertaining and informative, and even better, it made me think, something I always love in a book The author gives the reader a look inside post 9 11 North America, as well as some of the historical events that have changed life for small towns, big cities, and entire nations I highly recommend this book to anyone who i Part history, part travelogue, and part political essay, this book is an account of the author s travels to some of the towns and cities along the US Canada border I found it entertaining and informative, and even better, it made me think, something I always love in a book The author gives the reader a look inside post 9 11 North America, as well as some of the historical events that have changed life for small towns, big cities, and entire nations I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in how these two countries work together, the ways they don t work together, as well as the damage being done to both countries as a result of increased harmonization of national policies and associations i.e NAFTA, drug testing, customs Can t finish this one I don t have time to waste on books that I m not enjoying The book is overly anecdotal and repetitive It is interesting in the sense that it is written from a Canadian perspective and a Canadian who doesn t pull any punches in criticizing America , but the writing meandered and didn t seem to have a purpose.