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Thompson's assignment was to create a new identity for himself, join "the new Klan," and spend a few months observing it from the inside. (In the newsroom, the cover story was that Thompson had gone into rehab.) That time undercover stretched into a year and a half. His work complemented a major series on the new Klan. As his editor, John Seigenthaler, wrote in the preface to the book that followed: "To get behind their pious platitudes and expose what they really stood for, it was necessary for Thompson to misrepresent who he was.

Sinclair's novel on immigrant life in the US is most famous for its description of the meatpacking industry. The author interviewed workers extensively and blended in at the plants to do his research over the course of more than a month.

Jack London's first-hand account of life in London's East End, sleeping on the street or in work houses some of the time.