Released: August 17, 2007
The only authorized biography of Cesar Chavez—featuring three reflective essays new to this edition.
Mexican-American civil rights and labor activist Cesar Chavez (1927–1993) comes to life in this vivid portrait of the charismatic and influential fighter who boycotted supermarkets and took on corporations, the government, and the powerful Teamsters Union. Jacques E. Levy gained unprecedented access to Chavez and the United Farm Workers in writing this account of one of the most successful labor movements in history—which also serves as a guidebook for social and political change.
"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. In short, no future book can bet written on La Causa which fails to take account of this seminal work."—Publishers Weekly