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The Job

Nonfiction: Business
Unabridged   13.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/17/2019

The Job

Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684414666
Digital Download ISBN:9781684414673


In a brilliant but sobering work of journalism, Ellen Ruppel Shell takes a hard look at the forces that are reshaping the nature of work in America, overturning the often espoused mythology that retraining workers in software, engineering, and the sciences is the key to job security and career success, and achieving the middle-class dream in the future.

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In a wide-ranging narrative that takes us from a downsized marketing executive in Massachusetts, to a father of three in Appalachia finding purpose and meaning working in a convenience store chain, to an unemployed autoworker retraining in "advanced manufacturing," Shell reveals how work is essential to our flourishing and pyschological well-being—and how so many of the avenues to well-paid and meaningful work will be challenged in the years ahead. The future of work is not being faced openly. We live in a world where the rewards of employment are concentrated in the hands of the few. Today, the top 10 percent of wage earners in the U.S. bring home 9 times the income of the other 90 percent, and the top .01 percent earn 184 times as much. The economic gap between the few and the many is so vast, Shell says, that we might as well be members of a different species. Moreover, since the 1970s, real wages for most of us have stagnated, and with it our purchasing power. Half of all Americans earn less than 30,000 dollars a year. And the paths to landing those good-paying jobs that secure our financial future are disappearing in the wake of automation and the rise of AI.


"A sweeping study...According to Shell, Americans as a people must change their way of determining what constitutes a good job and even upend the concept of work as they know it. General readers will appreciate the breadth and scope of Shell’s thoughtful, inquisitive work.” —Publisher's Weekly

Author Bio

Ellen Ruppel Shell is a professor of journalism at Boston University and a correspondent for the Atlantic. She has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Discover, and others. She is currently a contributor to Scientific American, and the Washington Post book page.