Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America Audiobook, by Eyal Press Play Audiobook Sample

Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America Audiobook

Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America Audiobook, by Eyal Press Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Neil Shah Publisher: Kalorama Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781696605601

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59:54 minutes

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15:27 minutes

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37:40 minutes

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Publisher Description

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.

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 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.

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“Press investigates a series of morally fraught jobs…and shows how such work is tacitly condone by society while also rendered invisible so as not to disturb our collective conscience.” 

— New York Times 


  • “As exposés go, this one reaches beyond standard journalistic fare…[about] hubris that blinds the privileged classes from seeing the mudsills in our midst."

    — American Scholar
  • “Press’s cases are diverse and compelling…By extending the concept of moral injury to the workplaces of millions of workers, Press offers readers a chance to be witnesses too.”

    — New Republic
  • “Essential reading.”

    — Library Journal (starred review)
  • “Engrossing and frequently enraging.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Makes a powerful case that, instead of vilifying dirty workers, Americans must reckon with what is being done in their name.”

    — Shelf Awareness


  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2021
  • A New York Times Notable Book of 2021

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About Eyal Press

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 numerous other publications. A 2011 Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation, he is also a past recipient of the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

About Neil Shah

Neil Shah is an Audie-nominated narrator and winner of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards who has recorded over 150 audiobooks. AudioFile magazine has commended him for “an absolutely mesmerizing listening experience” and as “an outstanding narrator who adds a healthy dose of personality to each of the characters.” As a classically trained actor with an MFA from the Old Globe/University of San Diego, he has appeared off Broadway and on regional stages, as well as in film and television. He records from his home studio in Portland, Oregon.