In September 1965, Filipino and Mexican American farm workers went on strike against grape growers in and around Delano, California. More than a labor dispute, the strike became a movement for social justice that helped redefine Latino and American politics. The strike also catapulted its leader, Cesar Chavez, into prominence as one of the most celebrated American political figures of the twentieth century. More than forty years after its original publication, Delano: The Story of the California Grape Strike, based on compelling first-hand reportage and interviews, retains both its freshness and its urgency in illuminating a moment of unusually significant social ferment.
John Gregory Dunne (1932-2003) was an novelist, screenwriter, and frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. Among his books are True Confessions and Playland. Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College.