Tom Brokaw is doing a series this week on NBC Nightly News about jobs in America. His reporting incorporates the dramatically changing workplace, the need to re-educate workers and the rather old-fashioned concept of apprenticeship.
I urge anyone interested in this subject to read Studs Terkel’s book WORKING ,written in 1974. ( I am sure Tom Brokaw has already done so, and I believe he interviewed Terkel before his death in 2008.) Terkel’s WORKING is typical of his attitude driven writing and reporting. No one ever questioned that Studs Turkel had a point of view.
However, through hundreds of interviews into the life of working men and women Terkel developed in WORKING a panoramic view from the factory floor, stock yards, the highway crew, the ditch, of just how people make a living. He writes exactly what workers think about their daily labors.
Anyone with more than a passing interest in the current crisis faced by many American working men and woman, please read this book! It is a great platform for understanding the workplace of the 21st century and exactly how we arrived at where we are today. You may recall that Terkel won a Pulitzer for his 1985 book Hard Times an Oral History of the Great Depression. Another timely read.
This is one more instance whereby I can say, ” I am dam glad I read that book!” I am tempted to read WORKING again! Please share your thoughts in the comments below.