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Book Review: “Hidden America” by Jeanne Marie Laskas

Stories of real Americans who keep the country running.

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

“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

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

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