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    Title
    Working
    Subtitle
    People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Studs Terkel
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 640
    Width: 136 mm
    Height: 209 mm
    Thickness: 43 mm
    Weight: 701 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781565843424
    ISBN 10: 1565843428
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27440
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.6
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01, 10
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    BIC subject category V2: HBTD, JHBL
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: POL013000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A46450000
    BISAC V2.8: BUS038000, HIS000000
    DC22: 331.20973, 305.5620973
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A14160000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC22: 331.2/0973
    LC classification: HD8072.T4, HD8072 .T4 1997
    Thema V1.0: JHBL, NHTD
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    The New Press
    Imprint name
    The New Press
    Publication date
    28 February 1997
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review text
    There is hardly an interviewer, commentator or probing journalist among us who can elicit so much grief and passion, so many forlorn hopes and decayed dreams, so much of the tedium and frustration of daily existence from his subjects as Studs Terkel. Subjects? Hardly. Talking casually, sometimes disjointedly and hesitantly, or unleashing long suppressed feelings in an angry torrent, these are not clinical case studies but complex, fully human people whose humdrum reminiscences of long hours, days and years on the job are almost painfully involving. Even their laughter, abrupt and nervous, will make you wince because in Terkel's words, "This book, being about work is, by it's very nature, about violence - to the spirit as well as to the body." "You're nothing more than a machine. . . . They give better care to that machine than they will to you. They'll have more respect, give more attention to that machine," says the twenty-seven year-old spot welder at Ford. "I'm a mule" says the steelworker. Nor is the sense of waste and futility confined to blue-collar workers. Terkel talks to shipping clerks and sports figures, copy boys, hospital aides, salesmen, press agents, a doorman, a barber, a fireman, a cop, a pharmacist, a piano tuner, a stockbroker, a gravedigger. . . and yes, there is a common chord. Pride, the pride of craftsmanship is harder and harder to sustain; the old work ethic seems to many like a dirty trick. Strikingly, the only people who seem genuinely to exult in their work are those who deal directly and intimately with other people - like the Brooklyn fireman who muses "You see them give mouth-to-mouth when a guy's dying. You can't get around that shit. That's real. To me, that's what I want to be." For the rest, Terkel finds "the desperation is unquiet" and here, at least, it's eloquent. (Kirkus Reviews)