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Hidden America

From Coal Miners to Cowboys, An Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work
Laskas, Jeanne Marie (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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This book looks at the remarkable men and women whose low-profile accomplishments contribute to the running of the nation, from coal miners and oil rig workers to migrant laborers and air traffic controllers. Five hundred feet underground, the author asked a coal miner named Smitty, "Do you think it's weird that people know so little about you?" He replied, "I don't think people know too much about the way the whole damn country works." This book intends to fix that. Like John McPhee and Susan Orlean, the author dives deep into her subjects and emerges with character-driven narratives that are gripping, funny, and revelatory. In this book the stories are about the people who make our lives run every day, and yet we barely think of them. The author spent weeks in an Ohio coal mine and on an Alaskan oil rig; in a Maine migrant labor camp, a Texas beef ranch, the air traffic control tower at New York's LaGuardia Airport, a California landfill, an Arizona gun shop, the cab of a long haul truck in Iowa, and the stadium of the Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleaders. Cheerleaders? Yes. They, too, are hidden America, and you will be amazed by what this book tells you about them: hidden no longer.
Authors: Laskas, Jeanne Marie, 1958-
Title: Hidden America
from coal miners to cowboys, an extraordinary exploration of the unseen people who make this country work
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2012.
Characteristics: 318 p. ;,24 cm.
Notes: "Published simultaneously in Canada"--T.p. verso.
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: This book looks at the remarkable men and women whose low-profile accomplishments contribute to the running of the nation, from coal miners and oil rig workers to migrant laborers and air traffic controllers. Five hundred feet underground, the author asked a coal miner named Smitty, "Do you think it's weird that people know so little about you?" He replied, "I don't think people know too much about the way the whole damn country works." This book intends to fix that. Like John McPhee and Susan Orlean, the author dives deep into her subjects and emerges with character-driven narratives that are gripping, funny, and revelatory. In this book the stories are about the people who make our lives run every day, and yet we barely think of them. The author spent weeks in an Ohio coal mine and on an Alaskan oil rig; in a Maine migrant labor camp, a Texas beef ranch, the air traffic control tower at New York's LaGuardia Airport, a California landfill, an Arizona gun shop, the cab of a long haul truck in Iowa, and the stadium of the Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleaders. Cheerleaders? Yes. They, too, are hidden America, and you will be amazed by what this book tells you about them: hidden no longer.
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ISBN: 0399159002
9780399159008
Statement of Responsibility: Jeanne Marie Laskas
Subject Headings: United States Social life and customs 1971- United States Social conditions 1980- United States Description and travel. Laskas, Jeanne Marie, 1958- Travel United States. Subculture United States. Manual work Social aspects United States. Working class United States Social life and customs. Working class United States Biography. Working class United States Social conditions.
Topical Term: Subculture
Manual work
Working class
Working class
Working class
LCCN: 2012025457
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Mar 12, 2014
  • Lookupbooks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I felt as if I was right there with her.

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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