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A Simon & Schuster author.

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  • Publisher: Scribner (June 2020)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781476778365

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"The degree of commitment shown by this young author is stunning. James Walsh used his two years in low wage jobs to help bring a union fight to casino owners and, now, an original, first-hand account to readers. It's an up-close, empathetic portrait of the working poor, in particular the bravest among them, and what happens when idealism meets the sausage-making of union organizing." —Ted Conover, author of Rolling Nowhere and Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing

“James Walsh’s Playing Against the House is a brilliantly conceived and executed undercover expose about union rights at casinos. Set in South Florida, the narrative is full of compassion for the hard-working poor. Every page sizzles. This is New Journalism at its finest!” —Douglas Brinkley, author of Cronkite

“James Walsh has done a remarkable thing here. He has told a story of 21st-century union organizing, not through statistics and received wisdom, but through riveting, accessible first-person reporting. He humanizes the issue, deftly rendering everyone involved—from workers to management—and in the process, has created a necessary text that also happens to be a page-turner.” —Dave Eggers, cofounder of Voice of Witness and author of The Circle and A Hologram for The King

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