Nickel And Dimed

Undercover In Low-Wage America

Barbara Ehrenreich

Published: 5 August 2010
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 240 pages
ISBN: 9781847082626


Millions of Americans work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages. Distinguished journalist Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them in order to find out how anyone could survive on six to seven dollars an hour. Ehrenreich left home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find and accepted whatever job she was offered, from cleaning to care work, waitressing to folding clothes at Wal-Mart. So began a gruelling, hair-raising and darkly funny odyssey through the underside of working America.

About the author

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Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of over twenty books, including Nickel & Dimed: Undercover in Low-Wage USA, Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World and Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War. She is a frequent contributor to Time, Harper's, The Progressive, The Nation, the New York Times Magazine and the Guardian, and has also written for The Times and the New Statesman. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. More about the author


‘A funny, humane and important book, a testimony to those who lie forgotten at the bottom of the corporate heap’ Deborah Moggach



‘A valuable and illuminating book ... Barbara Ehrenreich is now our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism’

‘An extraordinary achievement ... surely one of the most gripping political books ever written’

‘Ehrenreich is one of the great American reporters ... her hawk's eye for detail swoops down on the petty tyrannies of martinet supervisors and the bullying contempt that accompanies contemptuous pay rates. She has an intellectual depth of analysis on this malfunctioning economy that Orwell never attempted in Down and Out in Paris and London or The Road to Wigan PierPolly Toynbee

‘Feels more timely than ever: an undercover journey into the twilight of the US labour market ... it doesn't take a great leap of the imagination to relocate what she discovers to modern Britain’ Claire Allfree

‘This account of being exploited in an affluent world is elevated by her humanity and humour’

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