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Working by Studs Terkel
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Apr 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in May, 2011

Very simple concept, very good book. One of the most informative I've ever read. Some of the jobs described no longer exist, but their message carries over perfectly well. Highly recommended for people who want to think about what they'd like to do, what they are doing, and what other people think in their own roles. The title says it all.

Some favourite bits:

"A hustler is any woman in American Society. I was the kind of hustler who received money for favours granted rather than the type of hustler who signs a lifetime contract for her trick. Or the kind of hustler who carefully reads women's magazines and learns what it is proper to give for each date, depending on how much money her date or trick spends on her." - Prostitute

- The introduction
- Rip Torn's section
- Different perspectives at the auto plants
- The Policeman and the the hippie who joined the Marine Corps
- Various contemporary cultural references, such as to hair cuts, hippies, drugs, John Henry (legend was popular then?), ulcers, Oil/Gas, manufacturing still existing in America, etc.

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