Critically acclaimed journalist Ellen Ruppel Shell uncovers the true cost–political, economic, social, and personal–of America’s mounting anxiety over jobs, and what we can do to regain control over our working lives.
Since 1973, our productivity has grown almost six times faster than our wages. Most of us rank so far below the top earners in the country that the “winners” might as well inhabit another planet. But work is about much more than earning a living. Work gives us our identity, and a sense of purpose and place in this world. And yet, work as we know it is under siege.
Praise for The Job:
“A sweeping study…According to Shell, Americans as a people must change their way of determining what constitutes a good job and even upend the concept of work as they know it. General readers will appreciate the breadth and scope of Shell’s thoughtful, inquisitive work.” –Publisher’s Weekly
“Readers of Barbara Ehrenreich on one hand and Paul Krugman on the other will find good grist for the mill in Shell’s book.” –Kirkus Reviews
“This is an unconventional book, providing a vantage point far removed from the economics-based analyses that tend to dominate discussion of the American labor market…Ms. Shell highlights the logical inconsistencies in discussions of the oft-lamented ‘skills gap’ and the shortcomings of an education system…Through it all, The Job remains ardently optimistic about the prospects for improving people’s working lives regardless of whatever economic changes may come.” –The Wall Street Journal
“A masterful book about the fundamental role of work in our lives: why it matters, why it’s broken, and how we can fix it.” –Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of GIVE AND TAKE, ORIGINALS, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg
“A beautifully written, meticulously researched book on one of the most significant challenges of our era: the transformation of the nature of work. Ellen Ruppel Shell moves seamlessly between individual stories and academic scholarship to show how unprepared we are for the impact of digital technologies and new business models on our jobs. But this is far from a pessimistic account.” –Dr. Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard’s Kennedy School, President Elect of the International Economic Association
“This book is glorious! Ellen Ruppel Shell has given us a wonderful meditation on work and where it is going. What is more, she makes a deeply compelling case for how and where and why we must all pay attention.”
–Amy Wrzesniewski, Professor of Organizational Management, Yale School of Management
“Ellen Ruppel Shell has many strong views about the way people earn a living. Accordingly, her new book, The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change, weighs in on the nature of work, its future, its purpose, its meaning, how people prepare for it, government assistance to the poor, unions, income inequality in the United States, and much more. Shell is an engaging writer….and is a keen observer of higher education. She relays creative ideas about the future of workers’ organizations in the United States, as well—all useful and meritorious.” –The American Interest
“A tightly argued, beautifully written, compelling study of an issue that does not get nearly enough attention. I closed this very good book about a very alarming problem with a pronounced, and unexpected, sense of hope.” –Charles C. Mann, Internationally Best Selling Author of 1491, 1493, and The Wizard and the Prophet
“As an economist who has studied these forces with a focus on income and wealth, this book has opened my eyes to the far broader implications of the issues I am dealing with. Read this book. You will never think about jobs in the same way again.” –Dr. Robert Lawrence, Albert L. Williams Professor of International Trade and Investment, Harvard Kennedy School
“Ruppel Shell does not equate good work, which has inherent value in the world, with a good job—which often doesn’t. She suggests we can all agree that ‘good work can be and often is precious beyond its market value.’ So how do we take care of the workers doing it in society? Again, ‘[h]ow do we keep people engaged in a jobless future?’…at least one journalist and scholar has [articulated the problem], and she offers a lot of potential solutions in The Job.” –Editors Choice, 800 CEO Read
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