Denver Post Review
Shaw's new book, "Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW, and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century," is part history and part current events.
History because Shaw looks back on the UFW's impressive knack for grass-roots organizing, and how some of the union's former disciples went on to lead movements where they helped organize janitors, hotel workers and others.
Beyond the Fields Earns Publisher's Weekly Starred Review!
Bay Area community organizer Shaw (Reclaiming America) examines the enduring influence of the United Farm Workers' model of grassroots organization, which he pointedly credits with the majority of labor's successes since the 1960s and a wellspring of 21st-century movements for democratic rights.
G. William Domhoff Review
Randy Shaw’s Beyond the Fields asks where the unsung young activists of the United Farmworkers campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s are now and what they are doing, and the inspiring and hopeful answers it provides show that determined people can make a difference when they know how to organize. What makes the book even better and more believable is that it does not hesitate to point out false starts and mistakes, which is the fatal failing of most books on social justice movements, including the farmworkers movement.
This book is a must-read for activists who want to succeed.
G. William Domhoff, Author: Who Rules America?
Daily Kos Review: 10-26-08
"Beyond the Fields is a useful resource for anyone interested in organizing, activism, or social movements -- whether because the Obama campaign has made these things freshly relevant or due to a longer-standing interest."
LeRoy Chatfield Review
"If the Documentation Project could enforce a required reading list, "BEYOND THE FIELDS: Cesar Chavez, the UFW, and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century" by Randy Shaw (University of California Press, 2008) would top the list. For former UFW Volunteers, whether their service was one month, one year, or a decade, Randy Shaw's book is a MUST READ."
-LeRoy Chatfield, Farmworkers Documentation Project