Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization, and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement

3.97 avg rating
( 107 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780199757855: Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization, and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Why David Sometimes Wins tells the story of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers' groundbreaking victory, drawing important lessons from this dramatic tale. Since the 1900s, large-scale agricultural enterprises relied on migrant labor--a cheap, unorganized, and powerless workforce. In 1965, when some 800 Filipino grape workers began to strike under the aegis of the AFL-CIO, the UFW soon joined the action with 2,000 Mexican workers and turned the strike into a civil rights struggle. They engaged in civil disobedience, mobilized support from churches and students, boycotted growers, and transformed their struggle into La Causa, a farm workers' movement that eventually triumphed over the grape industry's Goliath. Why did they succeed? How can the powerless challenge the powerful successfully?

Offering insight from a longtime movement organizer and scholar, Ganz illustrates how they had the ability and resourcefulness to devise good strategy and turn short-term advantages into long-term gains. Authoritative in scholarship and magisterial in scope, this book constitutes a seminal contribution to learning from the movement's struggles, set-backs, and successes.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:


Marshall Ganz joined Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in 1965, where he worked for 16 years, and has since continued work with grassroots organizations to design voter-mobilization strategies for local, state, and national electoral campaigns, most recently with Barack Obama. Ganz is currently Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Review:


"[T]his throughly documented account is support by insights and evidence from Marshall's personal experience, and many will read it as much for its exciting story of the farm workers' struggle as for its contribution to the theory of social movements.... Recommended." --Social & Behaviorial Science


"In Why David Sometimes Wins, Ganz demonstrates his own marvelous story telling skill in his narration of the farm workers' movement in America... It's about organizing and tactics that work. Ganz describes them in a unique and interesting manner from his own vantage point within the farm workers' movement. WHy David Sometimes Wins is a valuable resource for teachers and students of community organizing, labor history and the dynamics of social change." --Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare


"A brilliant new book."--The Nation


"Why David Sometimes Wins is an exceptional book that will be of widespread interest to scholars and activists alike."--American Journal of Sociology


"This book is a must read for organizers. The analysis of how a small and poor, but motivated, group of workers triggered a social movement provides invaluable lessons on what to do and not do as we struggle with the challenges of the 21st century." --Andy Stern, President, Service Employees International Union


"How does David defeat Goliath and, equally important, avoid becoming Goliath? The answer is to develop strategic capacity, an ongoing interactive process of experimentation, learning, and adapting. This fascinating book shows how Cesar Chavez and the UFW created and then lost its strategic capacity-an important lesson on leadership and organization." --Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Harvard University


"Through unforgettable and compelling stories, Marshall Ganz convincingly shows how we need not wait for the right time in history, but how we can all participate in making history together and how the resources to do so can be found in one another. Why David Sometimes Wins will enter the canon of readings on social change. Get this book. Read it. Use it!" --Gerald Torres, co-author of The Miner's Canary


"Why Sometimes David Wins by Marshall Ganz provides another example of a focus on pure organizing, using the 1960s Farmworkers, a union in which Ganz was a key participant, to develop a general theory of organizing... this nicely crafted book distills a lifetime of knowledge about the strategies and contexts of grassroots organizing to provide new and fundamental insights into how social movements can be most effective" --Contemporary Sociology


"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780195162011: Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization, and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0195162013 ISBN 13:  9780195162011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2009
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Marshall Ganz
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0199757852 ISBN 13: 9780199757855
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0199757852

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.74
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Marshall Ganz
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2010)
ISBN 10: 0199757852 ISBN 13: 9780199757855
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English. Brand new Book. Why David Sometimes Wins tells the story of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers' groundbreaking victory, drawing important lessons from this dramatic tale. Since the 1900s, large-scale agricultural enterprises relied on migrant labor-a cheap, unorganized, and powerless workforce. In 1965, when some 800 Filipino grape workers began to strike under the aegis of the AFL-CIO, the UFW soon joined the action with 2,000 Mexican workers and turned the strikeinto a civil rights struggle. They engaged in civil disobedience, mobilized support from churches and students, boycotted growers, and transformed their struggle into La Causa, a farm workers' movement that eventually triumphed over the grape industry's Goliath. Why did they succeed? How can the powerlesschallenge the powerful successfully? Offering insight from a longtime movement organizer and scholar, Ganz illustrates how they had the ability and resourcefulness to devise good strategy and turn short-term advantages into long-term gains. Authoritative in scholarship and magisterial in scope, this book constitutes a seminal contribution to learning from the movement's struggles, set-backs, and successes. "A brilliant new book. "-Peter Dreier, The Nation "Why David Sometimes Wins is an exceptional book that will be of widespread interest to scholars and activists alike. "-Howard Kimeldorf, American Journal of Sociology "This book is a must read for organizers. The analysis of how a small and poor, but motivated, group of workers triggered a social movement provides invaluable lessons on what to do and not do as we struggle with the challenges of the 21st century. "-Andy Stern, President, Service Employees International Union "How does David defeat Goliath and, equally important, avoid becoming Goliath? The answer is to develop strategic capacity, an ongoing interactive process of experimentation, learning, and adapting. This fascinating book shows how Cesar Chavez and the UFW created and then lost its strategic capacity-an important lesson on leadership and organization. "-Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Harvard University "Through unforgettable and compelling stories, Marshall Ganz convincingly shows how we need not wait for the right time in history, but how we can all participate in making history together and how the resources to do so can be found in one another. Why David Sometimes Wins will enter the canon of readings on social change. Get this book. Read it. Use it! "-Gerald Torres, co-author of The Miner's Canary. Seller Inventory # AOP9780199757855

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 26.63
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Marshall Ganz
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2010)
ISBN 10: 0199757852 ISBN 13: 9780199757855
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English. Brand new Book. Why David Sometimes Wins tells the story of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers' groundbreaking victory, drawing important lessons from this dramatic tale. Since the 1900s, large-scale agricultural enterprises relied on migrant labor-a cheap, unorganized, and powerless workforce. In 1965, when some 800 Filipino grape workers began to strike under the aegis of the AFL-CIO, the UFW soon joined the action with 2,000 Mexican workers and turned the strikeinto a civil rights struggle. They engaged in civil disobedience, mobilized support from churches and students, boycotted growers, and transformed their struggle into La Causa, a farm workers' movement that eventually triumphed over the grape industry's Goliath. Why did they succeed? How can the powerlesschallenge the powerful successfully? Offering insight from a longtime movement organizer and scholar, Ganz illustrates how they had the ability and resourcefulness to devise good strategy and turn short-term advantages into long-term gains. Authoritative in scholarship and magisterial in scope, this book constitutes a seminal contribution to learning from the movement's struggles, set-backs, and successes. "A brilliant new book. "-Peter Dreier, The Nation "Why David Sometimes Wins is an exceptional book that will be of widespread interest to scholars and activists alike. "-Howard Kimeldorf, American Journal of Sociology "This book is a must read for organizers. The analysis of how a small and poor, but motivated, group of workers triggered a social movement provides invaluable lessons on what to do and not do as we struggle with the challenges of the 21st century. "-Andy Stern, President, Service Employees International Union "How does David defeat Goliath and, equally important, avoid becoming Goliath? The answer is to develop strategic capacity, an ongoing interactive process of experimentation, learning, and adapting. This fascinating book shows how Cesar Chavez and the UFW created and then lost its strategic capacity-an important lesson on leadership and organization. "-Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Harvard University "Through unforgettable and compelling stories, Marshall Ganz convincingly shows how we need not wait for the right time in history, but how we can all participate in making history together and how the resources to do so can be found in one another. Why David Sometimes Wins will enter the canon of readings on social change. Get this book. Read it. Use it! "-Gerald Torres, co-author of The Miner's Canary. Seller Inventory # AOP9780199757855

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 27.11
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Marshall Ganz
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0199757852 ISBN 13: 9780199757855
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press. Paperback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780199757855

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.54
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.91
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Marshall Ganz
Published by OUP USA (2010)
ISBN 10: 0199757852 ISBN 13: 9780199757855
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA, 2010. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # FU-9780199757855

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.09
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.55
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Marshall Ganz (author)
Published by OUP USA 2010-09-30, Oxford (2010)
ISBN 10: 0199757852 ISBN 13: 9780199757855
New paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA 2010-09-30, Oxford, 2010. paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9780199757855

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 26.43
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.63
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Marshall Ganz
Published by Oxford University Press, USA (2010)
ISBN 10: 0199757852 ISBN 13: 9780199757855
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Seller Inventory # DADAX0199757852

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 32.23
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Marshall Ganz
Published by Oxford University Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 0199757852 ISBN 13: 9780199757855
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0199757852

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 33.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Marshall Ganz
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0199757852 ISBN 13: 9780199757855
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press. Paperback. Condition: New. 368 pages. Dimensions: 9.1in. x 6.1in. x 1.0in.Why David Sometimes Wins tells the story of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers groundbreaking victory, drawing important lessons from this dramatic tale. Since the 1900s, large-scale agricultural enterprises relied on migrant labor-a cheap, unorganized, and powerless workforce. In 1965, when some 800 Filipino grape workers began to strike under the aegis of the AFL-CIO, the UFW soon joined the action with 2, 000 Mexican workers and turned the strike into a civil rights struggle. They engaged in civil disobedience, mobilized support from churches and students, boycotted growers, and transformed their struggle into La Causa, a farm workers movement that eventually triumphed over the grape industrys Goliath. Why did they succeed How can the powerless challenge the powerful successfully Offering insight from a longtime movement organizer and scholar, Ganz illustrates how they had the ability and resourcefulness to devise good strategy and turn short-term advantages into long-term gains. Authoritative in scholarship and magisterial in scope, this book constitutes a seminal contribution to learning from the movements struggles, set-backs, and successes. A brilliant new book. -Peter Dreier, The NationWhy David Sometimes Wins is an exceptional book that will be of widespread interest to scholars and activists alike. -Howard Kimeldorf, American Journal of SociologyThis book is a must read for organizers. The analysis of how a small and poor, but motivated, group of workers triggered a social movement provides invaluable lessons on what to do and not do as we struggle with the challenges of the 21st century. -Andy Stern, President, Service Employees International Union How does David defeat Goliath and, equally important, avoid becoming Goliath The answer is to develop strategic capacity, an ongoing interactive process of experimentation, learning, and adapting. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9780199757855

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 37.31
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Marshall Ganz
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2010)
ISBN 10: 0199757852 ISBN 13: 9780199757855
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English. Brand new Book. Why David Sometimes Wins tells the story of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers' groundbreaking victory, drawing important lessons from this dramatic tale. Since the 1900s, large-scale agricultural enterprises relied on migrant labor-a cheap, unorganized, and powerless workforce. In 1965, when some 800 Filipino grape workers began to strike under the aegis of the AFL-CIO, the UFW soon joined the action with 2,000 Mexican workers and turned the strikeinto a civil rights struggle. They engaged in civil disobedience, mobilized support from churches and students, boycotted growers, and transformed their struggle into La Causa, a farm workers' movement that eventually triumphed over the grape industry's Goliath. Why did they succeed? How can the powerlesschallenge the powerful successfully? Offering insight from a longtime movement organizer and scholar, Ganz illustrates how they had the ability and resourcefulness to devise good strategy and turn short-term advantages into long-term gains. Authoritative in scholarship and magisterial in scope, this book constitutes a seminal contribution to learning from the movement's struggles, set-backs, and successes. "A brilliant new book. "-Peter Dreier, The Nation "Why David Sometimes Wins is an exceptional book that will be of widespread interest to scholars and activists alike. "-Howard Kimeldorf, American Journal of Sociology "This book is a must read for organizers. The analysis of how a small and poor, but motivated, group of workers triggered a social movement provides invaluable lessons on what to do and not do as we struggle with the challenges of the 21st century. "-Andy Stern, President, Service Employees International Union "How does David defeat Goliath and, equally important, avoid becoming Goliath? The answer is to develop strategic capacity, an ongoing interactive process of experimentation, learning, and adapting. This fascinating book shows how Cesar Chavez and the UFW created and then lost its strategic capacity-an important lesson on leadership and organization. "-Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Harvard University "Through unforgettable and compelling stories, Marshall Ganz convincingly shows how we need not wait for the right time in history, but how we can all participate in making history together and how the resources to do so can be found in one another. Why David Sometimes Wins will enter the canon of readings on social change. Get this book. Read it. Use it! "-Gerald Torres, co-author of The Miner's Canary. Seller Inventory # BTE9780199757855

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 38.28
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book