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Delano. Paperback – January, 1971
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
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John Dunne was an observer and a participant in many of the activities during the strike period. This book is the culmination of his effort to recreate the event. The book is largely a memoir, with some analysis of Chavez's legacy and the importance of farm worker organization. Above all, it is an important source of material for anyone trying to understand 1960's labor history within the confines of Latin American/Chicano history or western history. Since this is primarily a memoir, there are no footnotes or sources included, nor is there a bibliography or an index - these are the only weakenesses of the book, and are not significant enough to detract from the importance of the subject matter.
The single drawback to the book--and not a unique criticism--is Dunne's personal aloofness. It seems that not a single passion afflicts him. Nowhere does this apathy appear more apparent than his tangent about escaping to Honolulu in the midst of the strike and appreciating some time away from all the bad attitudes.
Notwithstanding, the narrative provides a eye-opening experience and education.