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The Job

The Job by Ellen Ruppel Shell
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Oct 23, 2018 | 416 Pages
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“Through stories of jobs in places like the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a cooperatively owned laundromat in Cleveland and a small Finnish sausage factory, the author conjures fresh insights about work as a social institution whose value extends far beyond the dollar amount printed on a paycheck… [The book] directly challenges two nuggets of conventional wisdom that Ms. Shell scrutinizes harshly. First, ‘follow your passion’ is often terrible advice. For one thing, paying the bills with one’s passion is typically implausible… Second, better education and more skills are not a cure-all: The data simply do not support the notion that more years of school necessarily translates into better jobs… 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 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


“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 TAKEORIGINALS, 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. Running through her account is also a hopefulness that our collective imagination and capacity for institutional innovation will prove up to the challenge eventually.”
-Dr. Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard’s Kennedy School, President Elect of the International Economic Association 
  


“The double whammy of the computer revolution and the rise of inequality is putting an end to the middle-class job as we know it–a huge problem that threatens the future of our society. In this superbly researched, thoughtful, and deeply humane book, Ellen Ruppel Shell both demonstrates how close we are to social catastrophe–and how we might pull ourselves back from the brink.  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  


“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 uses her extraordinary narrative skills and vision to explore the importance of work in our lives, not simply as a way to make money, but also as a way to achieve purpose and belonging. She convincingly shows how a range of forces such as technological innovation, global competition and institutional changes are increasingly undermining the ability of many workers to find work that that can play these roles.  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


“At once deeply researched and richly imaginative, Ellen Ruppel Shell’s marvelous new book follows her quest to discover brave new worlds, where people create good work for themselves rather than just filling jobs. Compelling, and with sometimes heartrending detail, her explorations provide a deeply insightful map of the present and an uplifting and realistic compass for the future.” 
-Dr. Rosalind Williams, Dibner Professor of the History of Science and Technology at MIT and author of The Triumph of Human Empire 

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