Recommend a Book Follow Us
About This Initiative
In honor of its Centennial this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (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.
The idea for this list derived from the Books that Shaped America exhibition sponsored by the Library of Congress in 2012. This exhibition endeavored to spark a national conversation about the impact of books on overall American life and culture. Not surprisingly, many of the books included in the exhibition address issues related to work. But it was the wide range of books with work as a central theme that really served to underscore the significant role published works have played in shaping American workers and workplaces.
DOL's 100th anniversary presents an opportune time to further explore and discuss the relationship between books and work through the development of a list of Books that Shaped Work in America. To help get started, a diverse cross-section of individuals, including several former Secretaries of Labor, have shared their suggestions. But we need your assistance too! Please recommend a book you feel should be on the list.
Of course, the list of Books that Shaped Work in America is, and always will be, a work in progress, since like America itself work is constantly changing and evolving.
Press Coverage Highlights: The Washington Post , Bloomberg, New York Times, Newsweek, NPR Weekend Edition, San Francisco Chronicle (originally ran in Houston Chronicle), The Baltimore Sun, Wall Street Journal, Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, San Diego Union Tribune, GPO.gov, Orange County Register