Published by W.W. Norton & Company (NY) on 1975
Genres: Migrant agricultural laborers
Mexican-American civil rights & labor activist Cesar Chavez (1927-93), comes to life in this vivid portrait of the charismatic & influential fighter who boycotted supermarkets & took on corporations, the government & the powerful Teamsters Union. Jacques E. Levy gained unprecedented access to Chavez & the United Farm Workers Union in writing this account of one of the most successful labor movements in history which can also serve as a guidebook for social & political change. [An] exceptionally interesting & intimate oral history...Against a background of motels & all-night cafes & strikes, the high relief in which the characters stand out is truly fascinating. Jacques Levyr's biography of Chavez has unforgettable descriptive passages & fine photographs.--The Nation [The] definitive work. The book's major contribution lies in its portrait of the man himself--deeply religious in an almost mystical fashion; a dedicated battler, but not a dedicated hater; a leader who not only will not ask, but will not allow his followers to make the sacrifices he has made.--Publishers Weekly One of the heroic figures of our time.--Sen. Robert F. Kennedy Jacques E. Levy (1927-04), a prize-winning journalist, spent six years with Cesar Chavez researching & writing this book. Fred Ross Jr is a spokesperson for the Service Employees International Union & the son of Fred Ross, Chavez' mentor. Jacqueline Levy is the daughter of Jacques E. Levy & a high school science teacher in Sonoma County, CA.