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Worked Over

by Jamie K McCallum Basic Books (September 07, 2020)

An award-winning sociologist reveals the unexpected link between overwork and inequality.

Most Americans work too long and too hard, while others lack consistency in their hours and schedules. Work hours declined...


All Politics Is Local

by Meaghan Winter Bold Type Books (September 30, 2019)

Democrats have largely ceded control of state governments to the GOP, allowing them to rig our political system and undermine democracy itself.

After the 2016 election, Republicans had their largest majority...


Soul Full of Coal Dust

by Chris Hamby Hachette Book Group (August 18, 2020)

In a devastating and urgent work of investigative journalism, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hamby uncovers the terrifying resurgence of black lung disease in Appalachia, its Big Coal cover-up, and the resilient...


The War on Normal People

by Andrew Yang Hachette Book Group (April 03, 2018)

From 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a captivating account of how "a skinny Asian kid from upstate" became a successful entrepreneur, only to find a new mission: calling attention to the...


On the Clock

by Emily Guendelsberger Little, Brown and Company (July 15, 2019)

"Nickel and Dimed for the Amazon age," (Salon) the bitingly funny, eye-opening story of finding work in the automated and time-starved world of hourly low-wage labor

After the local newspaper where she worked...


Discrimination and Disparities

by Thomas Sowell Basic Books (March 04, 2019)

An enlarged edition of Thomas Sowell's brilliant examination of the origins of economic disparities

Economic and other outcomes differ vastly among individuals, groups, and nations. Many explanations have been...


The Socialist Manifesto

by Bhaskar Sunkara Basic Books (April 29, 2019)

A "razor-sharp" introduction to this political and economic ideology makes a galvanizing argument for modern socialism (Naomi Klein) -- and explains how its core tenets could effect positive change in America...


The War on Normal People

by Andrew Yang Hachette Books (April 02, 2018)

The New York Times bestseller from CNN Political Commentator and 2020 former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, this thought-provoking and prescient call-to-action outlines the urgent steps America...


Designing Reality

by Neil Gershenfeld Basic Books (November 13, 2017)

That's the promise, and peril, of the third digital revolution, where anyone will be able to make (almost) anything

Two digital revolutions -- computing and communication -- have radically transformed our economy...


Retirement Heist

by Ellen E. Schultz & Nicole Vilencia Blackstone Publishing (November 11, 2011)

"'As far as I can determine there is only one solution [to the CEO's demand to save more money]', the human resources representative wrote to her superiors. 'That would be the death of all existing retirees.'"...


Love the Work, Hate the Job

by David Kusnet & Tom Weiner Blackstone Publishing (May 30, 2008)

Over the years, American jobs have become more intellectually challenging and less physically exhausting. Yet more and more American workers—blue collar, white collar, and pink collar—are expressing dissatisfaction...


The Power Brokers

by Jeremiah D. Lambert & Joe Barrett Blackstone Publishing (September 04, 2015)

For more than a century, the interplay between private, investor-owned electric utilities and government regulators has shaped the electric power industry in the United States. Provision of an essential service...


All Politics Is Local

by Meaghan Winter Bold Type Books (October 01, 2019)

Democrats have largely ceded control of state governments to the GOP, allowing them to rig our political system and undermine democracy itself.

After the 2016 election, Republicans had their largest majority...


The Road to Wigan Pier

by George Orwell & Frederick Davidson Blackstone Publishing (September 11, 2008)

When Orwell went to the north of England in the thirties to find out how industrial workers lived, he not only observed but shared in their experience. He stayed in cramped, dreary lodgings and subsisted on...