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Working in the Shadows: A Year of Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won't Do

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    Excellent journalism

    I highly recommend this book it is an excellent true journey of what it is like today. This was an amazing eye-opener.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    A great resource for people interested in understanding immigration and the draw of jobs

    There's more than enough misinformation about immigrants and jobs. Thompson tells some compelling stories about what it's like to actually do the very labor intensive or repetitive task jobs (most) Americans don't want to do in some of the most basic industries in our country.

    I actually learned some new things, such as there's a Federal law regarding wages for agricultural workers that makes it very difficult for undocumented workers to have a negative effect on wages. For example, the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) in Arizona is $2.46 --higher-- than the Arizona minimum wage.

    It's a fast read, too. I finished it in about six hours.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2010

    Love It!

    This book gave a brand new perspective on the challenges people face in their quest of the American Dream.

    Most immigrants are not terrorists, but mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons looking to provide for their families; looking for a chance to find happiness, no different than our Founding Fathers and Ancestors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    Putting Youself in Someone elses shoes

    Excellent book to show you what it is like to do these jobs. Best story is the lettuce picking in Yuma with the stories in NYC probably the weakest

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