Hidden America

Hidden America

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


Read by: Jamie Heinlein

Format
Audiobook Download – Unabridged
Price
$39.95
 
Additional Formats
  • Audiobook Download – Unabridged
  • ISBN 9781101590126
  • 09:14:00 Duration
  • Penguin Audio
  • Adult

Overview

Five hundred feet underground, Jeanne Marie Laskas 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.”

Hidden America intends to fix that. Like John McPhee and Susan Orlean, Laskas dives deep into her subjects and emerges with character-driven narratives that are gripping, funny, and revelatory. In Hidden America, the stories are about the people who make our lives run every day—and yet we barely think of them.

Laskas 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 Laskas tells you about them: hidden no longer.
Hidden America

Hidden America

Jeanne Marie Laskas, Read by: Jamie Heinlein

Praise

“Jeanne Marie Laskas is a reporting and writing powerhouse…Hidden America is essential reading.”—Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

“A literary miracle. In effortlessly lucid prose, Laskas tells stories that spellbind precisely because they remind us of the center that quietly holds America together.”—Robert Draper, author of Do Not Ask What Good We Do

“In this thoroughly entertaining study of what some people do that other people would never do, journalist Laskas makes her subjects sing.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Each of these profiles rings true, offering an enlightening, entertaining, and often poignant glimpse into occupations that most of us know little about.”—The Huffington Post

“At a time when American workers seem most prized for their ability to serve as campaign props, Hidden America comes as a breath of fresh air with no political slant, no hidden motive.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Hearing [these] voices, it’s impossible not to see the world a little differently.”—The Daily Beast, Hot Read

“It’s not a stretch to use the name Studs Terkel in the same sentence with the name Jeanne Marie Laskas. She’s one hell of a journalist, a world-class storyteller. This is not just a good read, it’s an important one.”—Linda Ellerbee

“At once heartwarming, funny, sad, ironic, and most of all, insightful.”—Bob Schieffer

“A finely crafted look behind the curtains of everyday life—think Dirty Jobs for the literate set.”—Mike Sager, author of The Someone You’re Not

“A wondrous book, fierce and intimate in its investigations…Like Studs Terkel if he wrote novels and Tom Wolfe if he wrote about working folk.”—Ron Carlson, author of Five Skies and The Signal


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