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As one coworker explained, “These jobs make you old quick.” Back spasms occasionally keep Thompson in bed, where he suffers recurring nightmares involving iceberg lettuce and chicken carcasses. Combining personal narrative with investigative reporting, Thompson shines a bright light on the underside of the American economy, exposing harsh working conditions, union busting, and lax government enforcement—while telling the stories of workers, undocumented immigrants, and desperate US citizens alike, forced to live with chronic pain in the pursuit of $8 an hour.
Author's Note ix
Part 1 Salad Days
January-March, Yuma, Arizona 1
Part 2 Speaking Quiché in the Heart of Dixie
June-August, Russellville, Alabama 97
Part 3 Flowers and Food
October-December, New York, New York 217
Readers' Group Questions 311
Posted January 21, 2014
Excellent! Thompson does a great job reporting on what it is like to do the jobs most of us would never do. He intersperses facts with good old fashioned stories.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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