Napoleon Gomez’ Collapse of Dignity follows the story of his life, how he became a leader of a miner’s union, but most of all the corruption surrounding the Mexican government with relation to mining labor. Exiled to Canada since shortly after the Pasta de Conchos Mine tragedy, Napoleon give a “ no rose-colored glasses” approach to what happened up to and following the mining tragedy. Unanimously voted as his father’s successor, Napoleon tells the tale of how he and the Miner’s Union he’s a part of came up against the corruption of the Mexican government and a company’s failure to protect and save the miners that lost their lives in the aforementioned mine tragedy.
This inspirational book was touching, entertaining, and, at times shocking. His story grabs the reader and opens their eyes to another point of view not commonly shown by the mainstream media. My favorite part of the story was how the rescue workers still tried to save the miners even after the government refused to help anymore. Although it only shows one point of view, readers can’t help but feel their eyes opened and their hearts changed by the events of this book. Not only is this story a story of corruption, but a reminder to us all that even through adversity, one can retain a sense of hope and keep striving forward against the odds. Readers who like engaging, no stones left unturned type memoir non-fiction will enjoy reading this book.