Both heroic and tragic, this novel captures the spirit, energy, and imagination of the 1960s' Chicano movementa massive and intense struggle across a broad spectrum of political and cultural issuesthrough the passionate story of the King of the Chicanos, Ramón Hidalgo. From his very humble beginnings through the tumultuous decades of being a migrant farm worker, door-to-door salesman, prison inmate, political hack, and radical activist, the novel relates Hidalgo’s personal failures and self-destructive personality amid the political turmoil of the times. With a gradual acceptance of his destiny as a leader and hero of the people, this impassioned novel relates the maturation of one man while encapsulating the fever of the Chicano movement.
About the Author
Manuel Ramos is the author of The Ballad of Gato Guerrero, The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz, Blues for the Buffalo, Brown-on-Brown, The Last Client of Luis Móntez, and Moony's Road to Hell. He won the Chicano/Latino Literary Award and was nominated for an Edgar award. He lives in Denver, Colorado.