Hidden America

Hidden America

From Coal Miners to Cowboys, An Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work

eBook - 2013 | Berkley trade paperback edition.
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An Oprah.com "Must-Read Book" In Hidden America Take the men of Hopedale Mining company in Cadiz, Ohio. Laskas spent several weeks with them, both below and above ground, and by the end, you will know not only about their work, but about Pap and his dying mom, Smitty and the mail-order bride who stood him up at the airport, and Scotty and his thwarted dreams of becoming a boxing champion. That is only one hidden world. Others that she explores: an Alaskan oil rig, a migrant labor camp in Maine, the air traffic control center at LaGuardia Airport in New York, a beef ranch in Texas, a landfill in California, a long-haul trucker in Iowa, a gun shop in Arizona, and the Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleaders, mere footnotes in the moneymaking spectacle that is professional football.
Publisher: New York :, Berkley Publishing Group,, 2013.
Edition: Berkley trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781101600566
110160056X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (318 pages)
Contents: Underworld: Hopedale Mining, Cadiz, Ohio
Hecho en America: migrant labor camp, Cherryfield, Maine
G-L-O-R-Y: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Traffic: air traffic control tower, LaGuardia Airport, New York, New York
Guns 'r' Us: Sprague's Sports, Yuma, Arizona
Beef: R.A. Brown Ranch, Throckmorton, Texas
The rig: Pioneer National Resources oil rig, Oooguruk Island, off the shores of Alaska's North Slope
Sputter: I-80, exit 284, Walcott, Iowa
This is paradise: Puente Hills Landfill, City of Industry, California.
Summary: An Oprah.com "Must-Read Book" In Hidden America Take the men of Hopedale Mining company in Cadiz, Ohio. Laskas spent several weeks with them, both below and above ground, and by the end, you will know not only about their work, but about Pap and his dying mom, Smitty and the mail-order bride who stood him up at the airport, and Scotty and his thwarted dreams of becoming a boxing champion. That is only one hidden world. Others that she explores: an Alaskan oil rig, a migrant labor camp in Maine, the air traffic control center at LaGuardia Airport in New York, a beef ranch in Texas, a landfill in California, a long-haul trucker in Iowa, a gun shop in Arizona, and the Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleaders, mere footnotes in the moneymaking spectacle that is professional football.

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PimaLib_MaryG Dec 07, 2015

The appeal of this book is the subject matter - "ordinary" or people that make the world go 'round. And the individual stories are fascinating. However, I felt that the author could have been more insightful than she was.

Lookupbooks Mar 12, 2014

I felt as if I was right there with her.

hgeng63 Dec 03, 2012

Nice that Laskas is paying attention to these unseen workers, but I found these profiles to be thin & unfocused. A Mark Bowden or a Barbara Ehrenreich could have done better.

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