books that shaped work in America – the US DOL seeks your recommendations

The US Dept. of Labor (DOL) is celebrating its 100th birthday. In honor of reaching that milestone, the DOL is asking the public to contribute recommendations for “Books that Shaped Work in America:

In honor of its Centennial in 2013, DOL, in partnership with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is developing a list of Books that Shaped Work in America. To get started, we’ve asked members of the DOL family, as well as many other esteemed individuals, for suggestions. That includes you! Suggest a book to add to the list.

Of course, this list is a work in progress, and essentially always will be, since — like America itself — work is constantly changing and evolving.

Already featured books include Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy Town Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickled and Dimed, and Michael Lewis’s Liar’s PokerMaybe you have additions to contribute that have altered your own outlook or those of your students?

Here are just three examples that my students have reported as either changing their lives (for example, standing up to workplace abuse) or helping them to better understand the organizational underpinnings and dynamics of the workplace:

BTW, the Bureau of Statistics under the DOL produces a handy online book (also available in print at your local library) that  helps readers understand different kinds of work that they might like to pursue.

Written by katherinechen

December 4, 2013 at 12:38 am

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  1. The Managed Heart by Hochschild


    Scott Dolan

    December 4, 2013 at 2:11 am

  2. How about the appropriately named “Working” by Studs Terkel?



    December 4, 2013 at 6:29 am

  3. manufacturing consent, although, it’s not entirely clear that its message is one the DoL would like to celebrate.



    December 4, 2013 at 11:42 am

  4. I second the Hochschild recommendation.


    Chris M

    December 4, 2013 at 4:08 pm

  5. The Jungle.



    December 4, 2013 at 5:36 pm

  6. With full understanding that this blog and the US Department of Labor don’t ever consider agriculture in their respective purviews, I nominate Silent Spring as the the seminal book for changing the (literally) poisonous work environment for millions of laborers.



    December 4, 2013 at 6:41 pm

  7. Randy, Silent Spring is already on their list (at least on the website)….!



    December 5, 2013 at 3:13 am

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