Working in the Shadows is not your every-day pop nonprofit governance or management book.
In Working in the Shadows, Gabriel Thompson, in the manner of Barbara Ehrenreich in Nickle and Dimed, provides some glimpses into what it's like to be working in jobs few birthright Americans choose to do. And, while narrating his experiences of picking lettuce, working in a chicken factory, and serving as a delivery "boy" in NYC, Mr. Thompson also adds information he's collected (like unionization issues) to provide some so-what's for the reader's consideration.
Working in the Shadows serves as a helpful reminder that there is still much justice work to be done. But, if you are a nonprofit manager or a nonprofit board member, Working in the Shadows also serves as a reminder that good training, positive working conditions and competent and supportive supervisors can produce a win-win situation for both the employee and employer.
Working in the Shadows is like going on one of those Disney simulators which only require you to "live" the job for a few moments and then gently brings you back to your safe, unencumbered and reasonably comfortable life. And, maybe better than those simulators, your consciousness will actually be altered forever.