The Crusades of Cesar Chavez

bookjacket2Recommended in starred reviews and hailed by experts in the field, “The Crusades of Cesar  Chavez” is the first comprehensive biography of the most significant Latino leader in recent American history. Rigorously researched and riveting in its dramatic arc, this is a searching, empathetic portrayal of a leader whose legacy and lessons have never been more relevant than today.

“The definitive story of this charismatic farm worker and controversial visionary leader whose courage and near-genius as an organizer invigorated the stormy history of American labor.” – Peter Matthiessen, author “Cesar Chavez and the New American Revolution,” a brilliant portrait of Chavez’s movement in its early years.

Visit Crusades of Cesar Chavez for more information about the book, links to additional resources, and a great visual guide to the history, with a dozen rarely-seen photographs.

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NBCCADear New York (and nearby) friends,

The paperback version of “The Crusades of Cesar Chavez” is out and I’m heading your way at the end of the month, so I wanted to send a quick note with details on a few events. Some of you already know about these or have seen this on Facebook, but here’s the short version all in one place. It would be great to see anyone who can make it, and if you know of others who might be interested in the subject, please pass along the info.

Thanks so much, and hope to see some of you soon.


Upcoming events on The Crusades of Cesar Chavez

NYC Area:

March 31, 2015 – 92nd Street Y, noon – link here

April 1, 2015 – at the new very cool Book Culture in my old nabe, on
Columbus Ave., in conversation with the great writer and teacher, Sam
Freedman. 7pm  Details here:

Albany Area:

April 6, 2015 – at Skidmore College, Emerson Auditorium in Palamountain Hall,  6 PM

April 7, 2015 – in Troy at the Sanctuary for Independent Media,  7 PM
Info here:

more 2015 events TBA


Past Events

March 25 – Book launch at the National Steinbeck Center, Salinas – 5:30 PM, reception; 6 PM, Miriam Pawel in conversation with Eric Brazil – link here

April 1, 2014 – Los Angeles Public Library, 7:15 PM, ALOUD panel with Luis Valdez  – link here

April 4, 2014 – Texas Union, University of Texas, Austin, 12 PM: “Cesar Chavez, the man, the myths, and the legacy.” – link here

April 5, 2014 – San Antonio Book Festival – link here

April 8, 2014 – Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ, 7 PM- link here

April 12, 2014 –  Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, on the campus of USC – link to full schedule

  • 10:30 AM – In conversation with Steve Lopez and Eliseo Medina, Bovard Auditorium
  • 12:30 PM – Panel on biography, Hancock Foundation room

April 17, 2014 – Politics & Prose, Washington DC, 7 PM  – link here

April 22, 2014 – Powell’s Books, Portland, 7:30 PM – link here

April 24, 2014 – University Bookstore, Seattle, 7 PM – link here

May 6, 2014 – Burbank Library

May 7, 2014 – UC Center, Sacramento, noon

May 28, 2014 – Glendale Library

Sept. 16, 2014 – Santa Monica College, 11:15 AM –link here

Sept. 18, 2014 – Pacoima Library, 6:30 PM –link here

Oct 7, 2014 – University of Chicago, Katz Center, Social Science Research, Room 224, Noon

Oct 7, 2014 – Newberry Library, Chicago, 6 PM – link here

Oct 8, 2014 – Northwestern University, Hagstrum Room, University Hall 201, Noon

Oct 9, 2014 –  University of Chicago at Illinois, UIC Latino Culture Center, Lecture Center B2 1 PM

Oct 14, 2014 – Pomona College, Rose Hills Theater, Smith Campus Center, 11 AM

Oct 25-26, 2014 – Texas Book Festival, Austin

Nov 7, 2014 – Commonwealth Club of California, Noon – link here