The Observer Review: Border Odyssey, by Charles D. Thompson Jr.

Border Odyssey: Travels Along the U.S./Mexico DivideBy Charles D. Thompson Jr.University of Texas Press308 page; $27.50

The word “odyssey” might call to mind a long expedition into the vastness of an unknown land, rather than a journey along a modern-day border dividing two distinct countries. But at almost 2,000 miles from beginning to end, a trip along the east-west trajectory of the fearsome and much-maligned U.S.-Mexico border, from Boca Chica to Tijuana, can only be described as an...

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