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Author: Studs Terkel

Year Published: 1974

Description: Through the self-told stories of 100 people—from a cashier to a miner to a professional athlete and everything in between—this book by oral historian and radio broadcaster Studs Terkel shined a light on Americans' lives and livelihoods and the common feelings about work, both positive and negative, shared by people in seemingly disparate professions.  Collectively, its vignettes affirm work as the center of most people's lives, shaping their perspective and providing, even absent pleasure, a common sense of dignity and purpose.

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'Most of us, like the assembly line worker, have jobs that are too small for our spirit. Jobs are not big enough for people."'


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