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11/17/2009

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esperanza perez

there is at last some thruth to what is in this book. Coming from a farmworker that was born in Delano,I saw things that that are not discussed anywere else. Why is that I ask, maybe in part that a majority of those farm workers were in this country illegally and were afraid to discuss or say anything negative about Chavez. I lived it and I know.

geoffrey mohan

The Chris Hartmire video is incredibly heart-rending, but ultimately uplifting. That Chris doesn't like the Chris he reads about in the book - but agrees it's accurate - is both a great endorsement of the author and a catharsis for everyone, including him. I find it timely that this progressive generation is taking another look at its past, as the World War II generation did, as Vietnam veterans did, etc. It was an important and dramatic time in America and it shook people at their roots.

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Miriam Pawel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who spent 25 years reporting and editing for Newsday and the Los Angeles Times. Returning to reporting in her adopted home of California, she delved into agriculture, one of the state’s largest yet least examined industries, with a four-part series on the United Farm Workers, which led to this book. She left The Times in 2006 to write “The Union of Their Dreams,” supported in part by a fellowship from the Alicia Patterson Foundation. She traces her passion for piecing together the past back to her undergraduate days at Harvard University, where she majored in Classics. A native of Great Neck, N.Y., she now lives in Pasadena