How the New Working Class
Will Transform America

"Read Sleeping Giant. It is raw. It is honest. And it is powerful. It is about the conversation we need to have in this country." 

Press for Sleeping Giant

Meet the Press Daily — The new working class & 2016

WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show — Empowering the new working class

Advance Praise

“Books about the state of the American working class do not usually fill me with optimism, but Draut's thorough and lively report on the ‘new working class’ that inhabits our ‘bargain basement economy’ is a big exception!”

Barbara Ehrenreich

Author of Nickel and Dimed, Founder of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project

“The best analysis yet of the difficult challenges and dynamic potential of today’s working class. A wonderful read that will leave you both moved and hopeful.”

Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and former Op-Ed Columnist for the New York Times

“Sets the record straight about what most American workers face every day and what it's going to take to win a future where everyone who works hard in our country can thrive. Tamara Draut is telling the stories of today's working families, especially the growing and diverse group of service and care workers, whose stories politicians and other policymakers need to hear. These workers are demanding a better future for themselves and their children, through movements like the Fight for 15.”

Mary Kay Henry

President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)​

“A wonderful tribute to working people. A fresh and insightful new look at work in America—who's doing it, how it's changed, and why we should care. A blueprint for a better life for all of us.”

Jacob S. Hacker

Co-author of American Amnesia and Winner-Take-All Politics

“A close examination of the plight of the working class, the decline of organized labor's political power, and the stirrings of activism that indicate change may be on the way. Draut pulls no punches in her analysis…. Readers who concur that we have a ‘neoliberal economic system that is systematically rotten to the core’ will welcome Draut's impassioned report.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Unabashedly progressive.’”

Publishers Weekly

“Tamara Draut's new book is a wonderful tribute to working people. By offering a fresh and insightful new look at work in America—who's doing it, how it's changed, and why we should care, she helps us understand where everyone from the caregiver to the sanitation worker is situated, and offers a blueprint for a better life for all of us.”

Director of National Domestic Workers Alliance, Co-Director of Caring Across Generations and author of Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America​

“Tamara Draut doesn't mince words.”

Media Inquiries



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