The Boys in the Bunkhouse by Dan Barry audiobook

The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland

By Dan Barry
Read by Fred Sanders

HarperCollins, HarperAudio 9780062372130
9.75 Hours Unabridged
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With this Dickensian tale from America’s heartland, New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry tells the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual disability, and the heroic efforts of those who helped them to find justice and reclaim their lives. In the tiny Iowa farm town of Atalissa, dozens of men, all with intellectual disability and all from Texas, lived in an old schoolhouse. Before dawn each morning, they were bussed to a nearby processing plant, where they eviscerated turkeys in return for food, lodging, and $65 a month. They lived in near servitude for more than thirty years, enduring increasing neglect, exploitation, and physical and emotional abuse—until state social workers, local journalists, and one tenacious labor lawyer helped these men achieve freedom. Drawing on exhaustive interviews, Dan Barry dives deeply into the lives of the men, recording their memories of suffering, loneliness and fleeting joy, as well as the undying hope they maintained despite their traumatic circumstances. Barry explores how a small Iowa town remained oblivious to the plight of these men, analyzes the many causes for such profound and chronic negligence, and lays out the impact of the men’s dramatic court case, which has spurred advocates—including President Obama—to push for just pay and improved working conditions for people living with disabilities. A luminous work of social justice, told with compassion and compelling detail, The Boys in the Bunkhouse is more than just inspired storytelling. It is a clarion call for a vigilance that ensures inclusion and dignity for all.

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Summary

Summary

A Kirkus Reviews Pick of Best Nonfiction of 2016

An All Iowa Reads selection

Nominated for the Hillman Prize

Nominated for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award

With this Dickensian tale from America’s heartland, New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry tells the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual disability, and the heroic efforts of those who helped them to find justice and reclaim their lives.

In the tiny Iowa farm town of Atalissa, dozens of men, all with intellectual disability and all from Texas, lived in an old schoolhouse. Before dawn each morning, they were bussed to a nearby processing plant, where they eviscerated turkeys in return for food, lodging, and $65 a month. They lived in near servitude for more than thirty years, enduring increasing neglect, exploitation, and physical and emotional abuse—until state social workers, local journalists, and one tenacious labor lawyer helped these men achieve freedom.

Drawing on exhaustive interviews, Dan Barry dives deeply into the lives of the men, recording their memories of suffering, loneliness and fleeting joy, as well as the undying hope they maintained despite their traumatic circumstances. Barry explores how a small Iowa town remained oblivious to the plight of these men, analyzes the many causes for such profound and chronic negligence, and lays out the impact of the men’s dramatic court case, which has spurred advocates—including President Obama—to push for just pay and improved working conditions for people living with disabilities.

A luminous work of social justice, told with compassion and compelling detail, The Boys in the Bunkhouse is more than just inspired storytelling. It is a clarion call for a vigilance that ensures inclusion and dignity for all.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“As an exposé of a moral catastrophe, this is a vital piece of reportage.” New York Times Book Review
“Hard-hitting journalism shot through with flourishes of the best literary nonfiction.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Boys in the Bunkhouse is not just a book about the victims but also a book that turns those victims into real men. Dan Barry has written them into history, as only a journalist could.” Newsweek
“Barry’s book can’t right all those wrongs, but it at least documents them eloquently and in a more permanent way.” Kansas City Star
“Disturbing yet beautifully told.” America Magazine
“Gently, empathetically, and indelibly, Barry conveys a tale of unthinkable brutality.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
A moving tale…Their stories, pieced together through extensive research and interviews, are both riveting and often difficult to read, though Barry tries to end on a positive note.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Dan Barry

Author Bio: Dan Barry

Dan Barry is a prize-winning journalist and author. Among his many journalistic honors are a share of a Pulitzer Prize: a George Polk Award; an American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for deadline reporting for coverage of the first anniversary of 9/11; a Mike Berger Award for in-depth human interest reporting; and the PEN/ESPN Literary Award for Sports Writing.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 9.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English