This book explains, in a very accessible way, the constant efforts made this century to reduce the control workers have over their work, and to remove as much as possible the need for workers to exercise judgement and skill. It challenges the popular view that capitalism requires an increasingly skilled workforce, and demolishes the categories (such as 'white-collar' and 'semi-skilled') on which such an analysis is based. The sections on Taylorism, and the various time and motion schemes applied to factory and office work, would just be hilarious (do you know how long it takes to grasp something with two fingers as opposed to three?) if only these theories had not condemned millions to stupifying boredom. I was a bit dubious about how up to date this book would be, given that it was written in 1974. However many of the processes Braverman discusses are still making their way through office work, service industries etc. and the insights seem fresh and relevant even a quarter of a century after they were committed to paper.