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Book Review: Working in the Shadows: A Year Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won't Do by Gabriel Thompson

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

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

By Gabriel Thompson

Nation Books; 298 pages

Whether or not they choose to acknowledge it, most people know that immigrant and migrant workers are paid poorly in the U.S. What they may not know is how hard these laborers toil for their earnings. That's why Gabriel Thompson, a journalist based in Brooklyn, N.Y., spent months undercover working alongside mostly Guatemalans and Mexicans in the lettuce fields of Yuma, Ariz., at a chicken plant in rural Alabama and as a delivery guy for a restaurant in New York City....

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