ISBN-10:
1565843428
ISBN-13:
9781565843424
Pub. Date:
01/28/1997
Publisher:
New Press, The
Working: People Talk about What They Do All Day and How They Feel about What They Do

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

by Studs Terkel
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Overview

Perhaps Studs Terkel’s best-known book, Working is a compelling, fascinating look at jobs and the people who do them. Consisting of over one hundred interviews conducted with everyone from gravediggers to studio heads, this book provides a timeless snapshot of people’s feelings about their working lives, as well as a relevant and lasting look at how work fits into American life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565843424
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 01/28/1997
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 134,712
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.57(d)

About the Author

Studs Terkel (1912–2008) was an award-winning author and radio broadcaster. He is the author of Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession; Division Street: America, Coming of Age: Growing Up in the Twentieth Century; Talking to Myself: A Memoir of My Times; “The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II; Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do; The Studs Terkel Reader: My American Century; American Dreams: Lost and Found; The Studs Terkel Interviews: Film and Theater; Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression; Will the Circle Be Unbroken?: Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith; Giants of Jazz; Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Troubled Times; And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey; Touch and Go: A Memoir; P.S.: Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening; and Studs Terkel’s Chicago, all published by The New Press. He was a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and a recipient of a Presidential National Humanities Medal, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, a George Polk Career Award, and the National Book Critics Circle 2003 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.

Date of Birth:

May 16, 1912

Date of Death:

October 31, 2008

Place of Birth:

New York, NY

Place of Death:

Chicago, IL

Education:

J.D., University of Chicago, 1934

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Working: People Talk about What They Do All Day and How They Feel about What They Do 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Cinjo More than 1 year ago
Real people with real things to say. You'll gain an insight into what everyday people experience as they work and live. Couldn't put it down. Studs is Pulitzer material.
NativeRoses on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Studs Terkel is the master of oral history. In this riveting book, he interviews Americans about their true feelings about their jobs.
carterchristian1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Any book on employment at this point in American history when unemployment is over 10 per cent, is timely. I bet a lot of people are pulling this off their shelves. LT is reporting 16 available and 61 wanted
J.v.d.A. on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To be honest, sometimes I think Terkel talks to the wrong people. This book, though undoubtedly very interesting in parts, can also become a bit of a slog at times.
Teramis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book changed my life. I read it when it was new, at a time when I was becoming incredibly discontent in my first real career position job. What struck me about the people in this book was that almost all of them, are busy doing work they don't really care for, and which many of them downright hate. They feel trapped and are unhappy, but they stick at it because they have bills to pay. The people who in contrast were doing work that they *loved* had a magical time of it. They were also few and far between. After I read this I questioned why people choose to make themselves unhappy at work they hate, when they could (as we say these days but didn't, then) "follow their bliss" and find what gives them joy. I have never looked at work the same way since, and the insights I gained from this book gave me the courage to leave a bad situation in order to find a better path to fulfillment. This is an amazing work of oral history, and the love work/hate work issue is just as relevant today.
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Paul_Draper More than 1 year ago
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