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“The essence of this book revealed itself to me over the course of thirty years in a series of epiphanies…” says Jon Jeter in describing the process of writing his new book, Flat Broke in the Free Market: How Globalization Fleeced Working People.

Jeter has traveled across four continents documenting the stories of ordinary folks whose lives and livelihood are colliding with the rise of globalization. Publisher’s Weeklydescribes Flat Broke in the Free Market as “an eloquent, no-holds-barred indictment of globalization…”

Flat Broke is a piercing examination of the impact of global economic policy, yet it also offers hope for the future of working people by looking at international movements that have forced a re-thinking of the goals of globalization.

Jon Jeter was the Washington Post bureau chief for southern African from 1999 to 2003 and the Post’s bureau chief for South America from 2003 to 2004. He was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.


Workers Issues Panel Authors talked about their books about problems faced by workers. After both authors made presentations, moderator Thomas Geoghegan asked questions before taking questions from members of the audience.

Kim Bobo is the author of Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid – And What We Can Do About It (New Press; December 9, 2008). She gave examples of wage theft such as paying employees less than the legal minimum wage, purposefully misclassifying employees as independent contractors, illegally denying workers overtime pay, and theft of tips.

Jon Jeter is the author of Flat Broke in the Free Market: How Globalization Fleeced Working People (W.W. Norton and Co.; May 11, 2009). He was the Washington Post bureau chief for southern Africa from 1999 to 2003, and for South America from 2003 to 2004.

Thomas Geoghegan is author of Which Side Are You On?: Trying to Be for Labor When It’s Flat on Its Back (New Press; revised edition, July 26, 2004).

This noon ET program from the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest was held on the Books and Media Stage in the Lake Room of University Center.


AUGUST 15, 2009

Globalization’s Impact on the Worker Jon Jeter, author of Flat Broke in the Free Market (W.W. Norton & Co.; May 11, 2009), talked about globalization and its impact upon working people around the world. He responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.


Book Discussion on A Day Late and a Dollar Short The authors examined the enthusiasm of blacks for achieving a post racial America in the era of Barack Obama – and the progress toward that goal at the end of his first year in office.  The event was in Washington, D.C.

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