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

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About the Author

Dan Barry is a reporter and columnist for the New York Times. In 1994 he was part of an investigative team at the Providence Journal that won the Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles on Rhode Island's justice system. He is the author of a memoir, a collection of his About New York columns, and Bottom of the 33rd, for which he won the 2012 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Maplewood, New Jersey.


"Gently, emphatically, and indelibly, Barry conveys a tale of unthinkable brutality.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"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
"An extraordinary contribution to the literature of social injustice. . . . The Boys in the Bunkhouse surely will emerge as one of the landmark books of the year."--Providence Journal
"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
"An important story about the horrors of slavery and exploitation that can happen to vulnerable people anywhere."--The Atlantic
"Disturbing yet beautifully told..."--America Magazine
The story of these men gets the full telling it deserves in Dan Barry's powerful, moving, and at times heartbreaking book, The Boys in the Bunkhouse."--Commonweal Magazine
"Dan Barry gives dignity even to the darkest corners of the American experience. He is the closest thing we have to a contemporary Steinbeck."--Colum McCann, author of the National Book Award-winning Let the Great World Spin
"Dan Barry represents the magic that is possible in journalism when there is a convergence between a great story and great talent."--Gay Talese
"Hard-hitting journalism shot through with flourishes of the best literary nonfiction. . . . The Boys in the Bunkhouse is, ultimately, a hopeful story of the power of a few dogged individuals to make change."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A fascinating, beautifully told story... In the hands of Barry, a national correspondent for the New York Times, this marathon of duty, loyalty, misery and folly becomes a riveting narrative...The book feels like 'Our Town' on the diamond."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"An astonishing tale that lyrically articulates baseball's inexorable grip on its players and fans, Bottom of the 33rd belongs among the best baseball books ever written."--Cleveland Plain Dealer
"[Dan] Barry does more than simply recount the inning-by-inning-by-inning box score. He delves beneath the surface, like an archaeologist piecing together the shards and fragments of a forgotten society, to reconstruct a time and a night that have become part of baseball lore."--Associated Press
Praise for Bottom of the 33rd
"What a book--an exquisite exercise in story-telling, democracy and myth-making that has, at its center, a great respect for the symphony of voices that make up America."--Colum McCann
"As an exposΓ© of a moral catastrophe, this is a vital piece of reportage."--New York Times Book Review