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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: The New Press; New edition edition (1 Jan. 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565843428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565843424
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.6 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 April 1998
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Working profiles the working lives of scores of Americans. From prostitute to chief executive, coal mine worker to major league ballplayer- a myriad of professions are covered. The book reads like a documentary (which it is). Terkel has included the most interesting aspects of each case study's working life, and ultimately you see why each continues to pursue their career in that chosen field- or at least what satisfaction they get from showing up everyday. It's a great book to pick up and spend 5 to 10 minutes or so reading about how someone else's working life has parallels to your own. The interviews were conducted mostly during the late 60's and early 70's but while it is slightly dated, even that fact makes for an interesting historical perspective.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "frank_brookes" on 13 Feb. 2003
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If you are the sort of person that ends up chatting to the bloke or woman next to them at Railway Stations then this is the book for you. Terkels basically interviewed people over a number of years about their jobs and how they feel about them. If that sounds boring then just keep your head in another book next time you are sat on a train - I found it a fascinating read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr Julian Tudor Hart on 19 Nov. 2013
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I'm still amazed that so few people in UK have even heard about Studs Terkel, in several ways the most powerful, original, and human writer of the 20th century. This book is as good an introduction as any, once started you will want to read more. He is the grandfather of virtually all oral historians.

Julian Tudor Hart
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RichardP on 19 Aug. 2014
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I have read it, but now I dip into it now and again. One reviewer said that Studs Terkel is hardly heard of in this country. He was a great man, and this is a very very good book. People talking about their lives. Magical.
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