By Jacques E. Levy
“[An] awfully fascinating and intimate oral background . . . opposed to a history of resorts and all-night cafés and moves, the excessive reduction during which the characters stand out is really interesting. Jacques Levy’s biography of Chavez has unforgettable descriptive passages and fantastic photographs.” —The Nation
Mexican-American civil rights and exertions activist Cesar Chavez (1927–1993), involves existence during this shiny portrait of the charismatic and influential fighter who boycotted supermarkets and took on agencies, the govt, and the robust Teamsters Union. Jacques E. Levy won unparalleled entry to Chavez and the United Farm staff Union in penning this account of 1 of the main winning exertions pursuits in historical past which may additionally function a guidebook for social and political change.
“[The] definitive paintings. The book’s significant contribution lies in its portrait of the guy himself—deeply non secular in a virtually mystical style; a devoted battler, yet no longer a committed hater; a pacesetter who not just won't ask, yet won't permit his fans to make the sacrifices he has made.” —Publishers Weekly
“One of the heroic figures of our time.” —Senator Robert F. Kennedy
Jacques E. Levy (1927–2004), a prize-winning journalist, spent six years with Cesar Chavez getting to know and penning this book.
Fred Ross Jr. is a spokesperson for the provider staff’ foreign Union and the son of Fred Ross, Chavez’s mentor.
Jacqueline Levy is the daughter of Jacques E. Levy and a highschool technological know-how instructor in Sonoma County, California.
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