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Working by Studs Terkel
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May 04, 12

bookshelves: 2012-reads, history, nonfiction
Read from April 10, 2010 to May 04, 2012

An amazing slice of history, Terkel interviewed and summed up the working lives of over 125 people, around the year 1970. Many sections are largely in their own words.

So many of those interviewed say their jobs won't be around in another 10 years, or that they have and will continue to change drastically.

Others discuss many things people say today: everything is for corporations, people (especially workers) mean nothing, young people are lazy, schools are terrible, people are rude.

An update of this book would be fascinating: what happened to these people, their dreams and predictions. And what happened to the jobs? How have hey changed, which no longer exist, what new jobs there are.

This took me a long time to read--2 different editions from the library with a long break in between. There are no chapters, rather the profiles are 1-4 page vignettes, with the constantly changing voices of those interviewed. It's no that it's hard to read, but it gets tiring. A good break solves that.

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Chinook What do you think of it?

Dree It's fascinating--especially since so many jobs have completely changed since it was originally published. Some of these jobs don't exist any more. But it is hard to read straight through, as the "chapters" are 1/2-3 page vignettes in the workers' voices.

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