Working in the Shadows
A Year of Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won't Do
By Gabriel Thompson
Nation Books, Hardcover, 9781568584089, 320pp.
Publication Date: December 8, 2009
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An award-winning young investigative journalist goes undercover, living the life of an undocumented immigrant.
President Obama recently announced plans to spend nearly $100 billion in 2011 solely on job creation. The proposed budget is aimed at reducing the nation's employment rate of 10 percent. But in a new book, labor activist Gabriel Thompson explores the current job market and takes a look at some of the least-desired jobs that always seem available. Host Michel Martin talks to Thompson about his time spent working undercover in the lettuce fields of Arizona, at an Alabama chicken plant and as a delivery boy in New York City, as chronicled in the book, Working in the Shadows: A Year Doing Jobs (Most) Americans Won't Do. More at NPR.org
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