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For centuries we've believed that work was where you learned discipline, initiative, honesty, self-reliance - in a word, character. A job was also, and not incidentally, the source of your income: if you didn't work, you didn't eat, or else you were stealing from someone. If only you worked hard, you could earn your way and maybe even make something of yourself.

In recent decades, through everyday experience, these beliefs have proven spectacularly false. In this book, James Livingston explains how and why Americans still cling to work as a solution rather than a problem - why it is that both liberals and conservatives announce that "full employment" is their goal when job creation is no longer a feasible solution for any problem, moral or economic. The result is a witty, stirring denunciation of the ways we think about why we labor, exhorting us to imagine a new way of finding meaning, character, and sustenance beyond our workaday world - and showing us that we can afford to leave that world behind.

©2016 James Livingston (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Kristin in Columbus
  • 17-06-2017

Could've used another draft

The arguments proposed in this book are compelling, but it reads like a draft, not a finished work. His definition of "work" seems to morph throughout the book, and some of his arguments aren't fleshed out enough. Still worth a read.

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  • Chris Dixon
  • 13-03-2017

A much-needed counterbalance to current thinking

A fun, provocative, and--ultimately--convincing case. Jobs are becoming less remunerative and fulfilling. Livingston explains why we should stop obsessing over them and focus on what we enjoy. Can we get workaholic politicians to listen?

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  • The Vikid Truth
  • 22-03-2018

Funny but Serious

A well thought out and entertaining thesis. Ultimately Livingston is coming from the left, I don't actually agree with much of what he says but still it is worth considering in its entirety. A great book for any serious thinker.