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Legends of the West

Bryan Burrough
Forget the Alamo

Bryan Burrough is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair and the author of seven books, including the New York Times #1 best-selling Barbarians at the Gate (with John Helyar) and Public Enemies. His new book, Forget the Alamo (with long-time friends Chris Tomlinson and Jason Stanford), challenges the historical lore behind the iconic building. After living for too long in the snowy north, Bryan is thrilled to be back living in his native Texas.


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Jude Joffe-Block
Driving While Brown: Sheriff Joe Arpaio versus the Latino Resistance

Jude Joffe-Block joined The Associated Press as a reporter and editor in 2020. Before that, she reported on immigration for more than a decade for outlets that include NPR, the Guardian, The World and Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting. She began her journalism career in Mexico and was a visiting journalist at the Russell Sage Foundation and a fellow with New America, the Center for the Future of Arizona, and the Logan Nonfiction Program. Jude is the coauthor of Driving While Brown: Sheriff Joe Arpaio versus the Latino Resistance.


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There's no piece of history more known to Texans than the Battle of the Alamo, when Davy Crockett and a band of rebels went down in a blaze of glory fighting for independence from Mexico, losing the battle but setting Texas up to win the war.

 However, that version of events, as Bryan Burrough shows in his Forget the Alamo, owes more to fantasy than reality. Just as the site of the Alamo was left in ruins for decades, its story was forgotten and twisted over time, with the contributions of Tejanos--Texans of Mexican origin, who fought alongside the Anglo rebels--scrubbed from the record, and the origin of the conflict over Mexico's push to abolish slavery papered over. Arizona has border issues of its own, many created by policies put in place by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was actually born and raised in Hartford, CT. 

In Driving While Brown, journalist Jude Joffe-Block and her co-author Terry Greene Sterling spent years chronicling the human consequences of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s relentless immigration enforcement in Maricopa County, Arizona. They tell the tale of two opposing movements that redefined Arizona’s political landscape—the restrictionist cause embraced by Arpaio and the Latino-led resistance that rose up against it.