The Crusades of Cesar Chavez

The Crusades of Cesar Chavez

A Biography

Book - 2014
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Pawel draws on thousands of documents and interviews to examine the myths and achievements marking the life of the iconic Latino labor leader and civil rights activist, portraying him as a flawed but brilliant strategist who was often at odds with himself.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury Press,, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781608197101
Branch Call Number: 331.8813092 CHA NVD
Characteristics: 548 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm

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patienceandfortitude Jul 17, 2014

In some ways this was a hard book for me to read because Chavez has been a hero of mine and this book made it clear that he was very human, especially toward the end of his career. I really enjoyed reading about the beginnings of his organizing career because it reminded me of years I spent working at a Community Organization in California. I also liked the Cursillo connection. I wish the author had more insight into Chavez's spirituality, but that may be something about which he was more private. Overall the book was a very good read and very informative, though it wound up making me quite sad, when I was hoping for inspiration.

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