On New Year's Day 1994 a small group of Mayan peasants, led by a charismatic former University Professor, grabbed the attention of the world by taking over San Cristobel, the capitol of Chiapas, Mexico and proclaiming "Basta!" to the prevailing orthodoxy of neo-liberal capitalism that was destroying the infrastructure of the peasant economy. Their cry was heard across the world and in the next decade the Zapatisas became a beacon of hope and a model to hundreds of thousands of activists across the world fighting globalization. John Ross was there from the beginning, following the Zapatistas on their journey, to the extent that he has been nicknamed "the Willy Loman of the Zapastistas." His first book, Rebellion from the Roots was praised by Alma Guillermoprieto in the New York Review of the Books. This book chronicles the last six years of the rebellion -- a phase where the Zapatistas have been below the media radar in many respects, and a period where Ross argues that the Zapatistas have been "Changing the World Without Taking Power."
Part John Reed, part magic realist poet, Ross reveals the extraordinary events in Chiapas and explores the unique political experiment the Zapastistas have pioneered.
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Author Biography - John Ross
John F. Ross is a senior editor and writer for Smithsonian magazine. He contributes frequently to The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times.