Institute of Governmental Studies Press
May 27, 2016
The memoir of former Assemblymember and L.A. City Councilmember Richard Alatorre, chronicling his extraordinary role as a pioneering activist and political figure in the momentous events that advanced Latino empowerment from the 1960s through the 1990s—events that presaged the ascendency of contemporary Latino social and political influence.
Alatorre played a pivotal role across the length and breadth of the Chicano movement, so his story is more than a reflection on one person’s life. Alatorre offers detailed, entertaining, and compelling insights on the paramount figures in California political history with whom he worked and sometimes sparred—from Cesar Chavez and Ronald Reagan to Jerry Brown and Tom Bradley to the three Assembly Speakers under whom he served: Bob Moretti, Leo McCarthy, and Willie Brown.