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Working: People Talk about What They Do All Day and How They Feel about What They Do

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Studs Terkel records the voices of America. Men and women from every walk of life talk to him, telling him of their likes and dislikes, fears, problems, and happinesses on the job. Once again, Terkel has created a rich and unique document that is as simple as conversation, but as subtle and heartfelt as the meaning of our lives....In the first trade paperback edition of his national bestseller, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel presents "the real American experience" (Chicago Daily News), "a magnificent book....A work of art. To read it is to hear America talking." (Boston Globe).

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"Remarkable...the range is enormous....Work is the theme and we learn a lot about these trades." The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"An enormous amount of exciting material....An incredible abundance of marvelous beings....A very special electricity and emotional power." The New York Times Book Review

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"I cannot find words to express sufficiently my admiration for Studs Terkel's Working. This is a powerful, original, indescribable, and incredible book. Over a hundred identifiable people have created it by word of mouth, and only an interviewer of genius, exploiting the tape recorder as hardly anyone else has done, could possibly have brought it forth....One cannot put down this book without wanting to take a long hard look at one's own life and daily work." Lewis Mumford

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"A deep penetration of American thought and feeling....A celebration of individuals....A masterpiece." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"First class....The talk in Working is good talk — earthy, passionate, honest, sometimes tender, sometimes crisp, juicy as reality, seasoned with experience...It is a pleasure to join the hallelujah chorus." Chicago Daily News

Review:

"A set of miracles....Nothing could tell our children's children who and how and what we were the way Studs Terkel will. Is it possible the great American novelist is Terkel?" Murray Kempton

Synopsis:

This text takes a look at work in the 20th century, with accounts from a variety of people about their jobs.

Synopsis:

Poignant true stories of resilience, determination, and the search for fulfillment

Inspired by Studs Terkel's Working and by James Agee and Walker Evans' Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, DW Gibson sets off on a journey across the United States to interview Americans who have lost their jobs. Here is the mortgage broker who arrived at work to find the door to his office building padlocked, the human resources executive who laid off a couple hundred people before being laid off herself, the husband who was laid off two weeks after his wife learned she was pregnant, the wife who was forced to lay off her husband.

In telling the stories of people who could be our neighbors, our friends, our relatives, Not Working holds up a mirror to our times, showing us the individuals behind the unemployment statistics—their fears and hopes—and offering a map for navigating our changing economy. With an extraordinary mix of pathos, anger, solidarity, and humor, it brings clarity—and humanity—to the national conversation.

About the Author

DW Gibson has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, BOMB, and Tin House, and worked on documentaries for MSNBC and A&E®. He lives in New York City.

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ivansky, November 7, 2008 (view all comments by ivansky)
Representing a host of occupations: steelworker, organizer, farmer, hooker, elevator starter, stock chaser, bar pianist and plenty more...folks male and female, young and old, describe the daily routine of their jobs and share their dreams and goals in life as well as their disappointments and grievances.

From the steelworker who punches a random guy in a bar because he wants to punch someone else (his foreman), to the newspaper boy, cynical beyond his years, expressing his rage at his customers, all of the people interviewed speak from the heart in a way only Studs Terkel could elicit.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Studs Terkel, who passed away on Halloween at the age of 96 in his hometown of Chicago, was an author, actor, and broadcaster but he will be remembered most for his gift as an oral historian. He will be greatly missed.

"With optimism, you look upon the sunny side of things. People say, 'Studs, you're an optimist.' I never said I was an optimist. I have hope because what's the alternative to hope? Despair? If you have despair, you might as well put your head in the oven." Studs Terkel
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781565843424
Author:
Terkel, Studs
Publisher:
New Press
Author:
Gibson, D. W.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Work
Subject:
Working class
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Subject:
Labor
Subject:
Working class -- United States -- Attitudes.
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Business management
Subject:
United States - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19970131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.3 in 25 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 640 pages New Press - English 9781565843424 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Remarkable...the range is enormous....Work is the theme and we learn a lot about these trades."
"Review" by , "An enormous amount of exciting material....An incredible abundance of marvelous beings....A very special electricity and emotional power."
"Review" by , "I cannot find words to express sufficiently my admiration for Studs Terkel's Working. This is a powerful, original, indescribable, and incredible book. Over a hundred identifiable people have created it by word of mouth, and only an interviewer of genius, exploiting the tape recorder as hardly anyone else has done, could possibly have brought it forth....One cannot put down this book without wanting to take a long hard look at one's own life and daily work."
"Review" by , "A deep penetration of American thought and feeling....A celebration of individuals....A masterpiece."
"Review" by , "First class....The talk in Working is good talk — earthy, passionate, honest, sometimes tender, sometimes crisp, juicy as reality, seasoned with experience...It is a pleasure to join the hallelujah chorus."
"Review" by , "A set of miracles....Nothing could tell our children's children who and how and what we were the way Studs Terkel will. Is it possible the great American novelist is Terkel?"
"Synopsis" by , This text takes a look at work in the 20th century, with accounts from a variety of people about their jobs.
"Synopsis" by ,
Poignant true stories of resilience, determination, and the search for fulfillment

Inspired by Studs Terkel's Working and by James Agee and Walker Evans' Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, DW Gibson sets off on a journey across the United States to interview Americans who have lost their jobs. Here is the mortgage broker who arrived at work to find the door to his office building padlocked, the human resources executive who laid off a couple hundred people before being laid off herself, the husband who was laid off two weeks after his wife learned she was pregnant, the wife who was forced to lay off her husband.

In telling the stories of people who could be our neighbors, our friends, our relatives, Not Working holds up a mirror to our times, showing us the individuals behind the unemployment statistics—their fears and hopes—and offering a map for navigating our changing economy. With an extraordinary mix of pathos, anger, solidarity, and humor, it brings clarity—and humanity—to the national conversation.

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