Book Review: “Hidden America” by Jeanne Marie Laskas

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Book Review: “Hidden America” by Jeanne Marie Laskas

In her new book, Hidden America, former Washington Post Magazine columnist Jeanne Marie Laskas delivers nine stories that offer glimpses into the lives of people who break a sweat earning a living in this country. Laskas explains her purpose in the introduction:

“This book has no new slogans to add to the shouting, offers no charged rhetoric to the cause of the 99 percenters or the 1 percent. If Hidden America takes any position at all, it is necessarily from the sidelines, underneath, above, or deep inside. . . . Hidden America doesn’t have an argument to make. Hidden America is busy. Hidden America is tired. Hidden America doesn’t have a lot of time to sit around and watch debates on TV. Hidden America needs a beer and to get to bed. These are the people who keep America alive and ticking. The people who, were they to walk off the job tomorrow, life as we know it would come to a halt.”

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This article appears in the September 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.