Always Running Background

Always Running Background

Always Running is an autobiographical book by Luis Rodriguez, published in 1993.

The book details Rodriguez's sordid past as a gang member in Los Angeles during the 1960's where he became involved in random acts of violence such as shootings, rape, drug peddling, and multiple arrests.

Rodriguez decided to write the book after hearing that his son, Ramiro, had joined a gang. Determined to warn him of the dangers of gang affiliation, Always Running features harrowing depictions of true events set against the backdrop of the impoverished streets of L.A. during the anti-establishment cultural phenomenon.

Upon release, Always Running received mostly positive reviews and quickly entered the ranks on the New York Times Bestseller List, with the New York Times Book Review praising it as "a chilling portrait ... Here's truth no television set, burning night and day, could begin to offer."

Always Running received the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, a Chicago Sun Times First Prose Book Award, and was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book in 1994.