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Dirty Work

Nonfiction: Politics
Unabridged   10 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/31/2021

Dirty Work

Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696605601


A groundbreaking, urgent report from the front lines of "dirty work"—the work that society considers essential but morally compromised.

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Product Description

Drone pilots who carry out targeted assassinations. Undocumented immigrants who man the "kill floors" of industrial slaughterhouses. Guards who patrol the wards of America's most violent and abusive prisons. In Dirty Work, Eyal Press offers a paradigm-shifting view of the moral landscape of contemporary America through the stories of people who perform society's most ethically troubling jobs. As Press shows, we are increasingly shielded and distanced from an array of morally questionable activities that other, less privileged people perform in our name.

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn unprecedented attention to the issue of "essential workers," and to the health and safety risks to which workers in prisons and slaughterhouses are exposed. But Dirty Work examines another, less familiar set of occupational hazards: psychological and emotional hardships such as stigma, shame, PTSD, and moral injury. These burdens fall disproportionately on low-income workers, undocumented immigrants, women, and people of color.

Illuminating the moving, at times harrowing stories of the people doing society's dirty work, and incisively examining the structures of power and complicity that shape their lives, Press reveals fundamental truths about the moral dimensions of work, and the hidden costs of inequality in America.


"Narrator Neil Shah sounds like a seasoned survival show narrator as he brings seriousness, tension, and concern to the author's probing interviews with a panoply of workers.” ---AudioFile

Author Bio

Eyal Press is an author and journalist based in New York. His work has appeared in the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Magazine, the Nation, the Raritan Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of Absolute Convictions, and a past recipient of the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.