“Dark-edged but ultimately hopeful… Theroux’s usual excellent mix of vivid reportage and empathetic rumination is energized by a new spark of political commitment. Armchair travelers will find an astute, familiar guide in Theroux.”—Publishers Weeklyreview

“Illuminating, literate, and timely—a must-read for those interested in what's going on inside Mexico.”—Kirkus *starred* reviewstarred review 

“A textured portrait…Theroux does not hesitate to articulate his point of view on a number of topics as he unapologetically takes into consideration context, anecdotal evidence, and his on-the-road experiences to arrive at his prescription for improving the Mexican situation.”—Booklist *starred* review

“Tourists headed to Mexico and those interested in the current migrant situation will learn a great deal.”—Library Journal

“Relentlessly engaging…Theroux demonstrates how a traveler’s finely wrought observations…sometimes offer the best political and social analysis.”

Washington Post

“Much of [Theroux’s] writing reflects affection for the people in whose midst he is apt to find himself, and a spirit of inquiry that is part anthropological and part autobiographical.”

The Wall Street Journal

"Theroux has been whisking me around the planet for more than four decades. I am transfixed, always, by his ability to write convincingly about the human condition, to make me laugh and cry--and stop to think. His work is benign sorcery. And the books keep coming." 

Anthony Summers, Finalist, Pulitzer Prize for History and Official and Confidential, The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover, The Eleventh Day: The Ultimate Account of 9/11

“[Theroux’s] work is distinguished by a splendid eye for detail and the telling gesture; a storyteller’s sense of pacing and gift for granting closure to the most subtle progression of events; and the graceful use of language.”

Chicago Tribune


“Paul Theroux is an undisputed master of travel literature. He has traversed Mexico with such dedication that he knows its roads as he knows the lines on the palm of his hand.  His curiosity does not recognize borders. Nor is he a stranger among us: he is Don Pablo, a wise man who never stops learning.”

—Juan Villoro, journalist, playwright, and one of Mexico’s most famous authors


“A fascinating immersion in my country, free of prejudice and with eyes wide open.”

—Guillermo Osorno, founder of the cultural journal Horizontal and author of Tengo Que Morir Todas las Noches