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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1st University of Minnesota Press Ed edition (August 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816650497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816650491
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have read this book over twenty times. One major reason is that each time I get new insights into the life and genius of one of this centuries greatest and most brilliant American leaders.
The other reason is because I was priviledged to have worked beside Mr. Chavez during the time of this books writing. Every time I read it I can still hear the author, Jaques Levy, reading it in draft form to Cesar by flashlight as we traveled California and Arizona's highways and biways.
This is truly the closest Mr.Chavez ever came to writing his own book. Jaques Levy had a rare inside look at Cesar, his movement and his family. The combination of trust and journalistic integrity between Mr. Chavez and Jacques Levy made for a great book that covers and captures his actions, thoughts, ideas, trials, ambitions, hopes and dreams. Mr. Levy, together with Cesar Chavez, captures the essence of his formative years, those leading up to his becoming the first Mexican and American hero of this century.
Unlike any other author on Chavez, Mr. Levy captures several examples of Chavez's self taught brilliance and tenacity. He also clearly shows Chavez' ability to grasp any subject and his views on American and poor people's economics. I have read many of the others and having been on the spot while they were written can add that while most err somewhat to a great deal in covering basic facts, Jacques Levy's book is on the money.
If it is possible to get this book reprinted, it should be and I bet a Spanish version would sell a million copies.
Mr. Levy spent nine years researching, writing and editing this work that over time will come to be known as the basic foundation of Mr. Chavez's life
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah La Pierre on July 29, 2012
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This book was recommended to me by a man who knew and worked with Cesar for many years. I really like that most of the book is taken from recorded conversations from Cesar and his family and friends, mentors and others who knew and worked with him. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Cesar and the movement to better conditions for farm workers in the US.
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Few individuals past or present has had the impact that Cesar Chavez did. His life is the story of not just the migrant workers or the poor, or even of Hispanics. It is the story of stuggle---the stuggle to survive; of family; of abuse; of corporate dominance; of greed; and of hatred. But most of all, it's the story of the struggle for respect, especially self-respect, and willpower to overcome life's obstacles on behalf of a People.

Cesar Chavez tells the story of his life and its challenges through first person accounts, from growing up in a happy and close family which eeked out a living with their own small store and plot of land to losing it due to greed and double-dealing and essentually becoming homeless and following the hard path of the migrant worker amid corruption, racial hatred, and a hand-to-mouth existance. Chavez, who never lost his sense of family or justice, went on to become one of the most powerful forces in the union and civil rights movements.

An outstanding and well written book for anyone interested in American History, social movements, unions, Hispanic culture, poverty, and simply wants to read the story of what it means to fight for social justice. This should be required reading.
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By Amazon Customer on June 2, 2014
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Beautifully written by someone who knew him personally, it's important to keep the memory of Cesar Chavez and others who gave so much alive.
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By Kindle Customer on April 19, 2014
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Cesar Chavez was a great organizer, caring individual. The book was intense in the political sense. I wish he would have talked more about the workers and their hardships so that we may better understand what they all went through and the sacrifices they all went through.
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By SkyMatters on February 22, 2014
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This remains the best, most immediate account of a time when everything changed for farmworkers. A movement that remains all too relevant today. Inspiring.
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Jacques E. Levy (1927-2004), a prize-winning journalist, spent six years with Cesar Chavez researching and writing this book.

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