Roll Down Your Window: Stories from a Forgotten America

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New York Daily News reporter Juan Gonzalez takes as his beat the streets and projects of America’s inner cities and the barrios across its southern borders. In these vivid dispatches he reports from the frontline of a social crisis—inside New York and Los Angeles, across the Rio Grande to Mexico’s maquiladoras, through to Haiti, Honduras and Cuba.
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Overview

New York Daily News reporter Juan Gonzalez takes as his beat the streets and projects of America’s inner cities and the barrios across its southern borders. In these vivid dispatches he reports from the frontline of a social crisis—inside New York and Los Angeles, across the Rio Grande to Mexico’s maquiladoras, through to Haiti, Honduras and Cuba.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Compassionate and impassioned.”—The San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Gonzalez gives voice to those whose views are neither often heard nor well understood ... his stories need to be told.”—New York Times Book Review

“Reading Roll Down Your Window is like being shoved into a cold, bracing shower ... Gonzalez challenges everyone to wake up and smell the misinformation.”—LA Weekly

“The best of American journalism.”—Financial Times

“These vignettes from the political frontline make most contemporary reportage look utterly complacent ... Unapologetically passionate, committed journalism.”—Time Out

“This book deserves un abrazo grande”—Pete Hamill

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Columnist Gonzales, left-wing and Puerto Rican, enlivens New York's tabloid Daily News with his sympathy and sensitivity for ``the outcast neighborhoods from which I came.'' This book, composed of excerpts from some of Gonzalez's best work, captures the brio of the daily dispatch but lacks the sustained focus that a book should provide. A union activist himself at the paper, Gonzalez knows the vital dignity of labor, writing about struggling and suffering workers in New York, Honduras and Haiti. Along with vignettes from New York and the Los Angeles riots, Gonzalez tracks the Honduran victims of a tragic New York fire and the underreported murder of Manuel de Dios Unanue, a Spanish-language journalist whose probes of Colombia's Cali drug cartel cost him his life. A skeptical witness of U.S. policies, Gonzalez visited Haiti and Cuba, emerging with disdain for the Clinton administration, though its policy toward Cuba is hardly different from those of its predecessors, and offering portraits of the ordinary folk trying to better their lives. Author tour. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780860916932
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Juan González is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award for commentary and former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is the co-host of the nationally syndicated TV and radio show Democracy Now! and is a staff columnist for New York’s Daily News. His previous books include Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America; Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse; and Roll Down Your Window: Stories from a Forgotten America.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 New York, 1988-93 1
2 Los Angeles, 1992-93 65
3 Happy Land/Honduras, 1990 101
4 The Murder of Manuel de Dios Unanue 115
5 Free Trade: Mexico and the Caribbean, 1989-95 129
6 Haiti, 1991-94 153
7 Cuba, 1994 179
Postscript: New York, 1995 197
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