Books by Michael G. Harpold

Michael G. Harpold began his 35-year career in the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) as a border patrol inspector on the Mexican border. Later in his career while stationed at Bakersfield, California, he met César Chávez. Their paths crossed because Chavez believed that illegal border-crossers were a threat to his efforts to build a union for farmworkers. Harpold served two years in Vietnam with the U.S. Agency for International Development and, after returning to the INS, became an officer of the employee’s union, making frequent appearances before congressional committees testifying on proposed immigration legislation and the INS budget. Harpold served five years in the U.S. Army and won a competitive appointment to West Point. He holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University at Fresno and attended Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco.


JUMPING THE LINE by Michael G. Harpold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"A debut novel about a timely issue elucidated with an insider's understanding and sensitivity."
A heart-rending novel by a former U.S. Border Patrol agent that explores how Mexican migrant workers are willing to endanger their lives for the prospect of better ones in America. Read full book review >
THE PEOPLE WE WANTED TO FORGET by Michael G. Harpold
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 21, 2012

"A remarkable account of the Vietnam War and its aftermath."
A former American official recounts his efforts to save displaced Vietnamese refugees in this memoir. Read full book review >