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Books That Shaped Work in America

Work and Play(s)

Carl Fillichio | Posted 08.17.2016 | Arts
Carl Fillichio

The history of the American theater is closely woven into the history of American labor. During the tumultuous early years of the labor movement, the voices of workers often found their expression in the theater.

Banning Books Doesn't Work

Carl Fillichio | Posted 11.26.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Although attempts to ban books are very disappointing, the reasons behind why people have tried to do so are worth exploring and create an excellent starting point for discussion and debate among readers.

For Labor Day, Work Through This List

Carl Fillichio | Posted 10.29.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

So in honor of Labor Day, and in honor of the working men and women the holiday honors, we've added 10 new books -- suggested via public submissions by ordinary working people -- to our ongoing list of Books that Shaped Work in America.

Making Your Summer Reading List? Don't Forget to Pack Some 'Work'

Carl Fillichio | Posted 07.29.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Whether you prefer the mildewy comfort of a cracking paperback spine or the bright high-tech glitz of the latest e-reader or tablet, the Labor Department's list is a perfect departure point for your literary travels.

Women's History is Our History: Part Two

Carl Fillichio | Posted 05.20.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Last week, in honor of Women's History Month, I suggested five titles worth reading from the U.S. Department of Labor's Books that Shaped Work in America list. This week, I'm suggesting four more because, as we seek to improve the future for working women, it's so important to reflect on where we've been.

Happy Birthday, John Steinbeck!

Carl Fillichio | Posted 04.29.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

One of America's greatest authors, John Steinbeck, was born on this day in 1902. He won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize. Two of his works, "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Of Mice and Men," are on the U.S. Department of Labor's list of Books that Shaped Work in America. And for good reason.

Frederick Douglass, Black History and Our History

Carl Fillichio | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

I think this book should be required reading for everyone, and not just during the month of February. Black history is labor history; and black history and labor history are American history.

By George!

Carl Fillichio | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

When I asked Secretary Shultz what books he thought shaped work in America, I didn't know what to expect for an answer. I assumed he'd suggest academic tomes; books I never heard of -- important books, yes ... but ones that are not particularly accessible. I was wrong.

Need Career Advice? Turn to Books that Shaped Work in America

Carl Fillichio | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Whether it's a novel, a "how come/how to" or a play, there are passages in every one of the selections that I find to be terrific words of wisdom, applicable career advice and even important rules to remember for everyday living.

Work History

Carl Fillichio | Posted 03.18.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Since launching the Books that Shaped Work in America project in November, I've found myself asking people (during lunch with colleagues, at dinner with friends, in line at the DMV): "So, what books have shaped YOUR view of workplaces, workers or just the idea of work? What books have influenced your 'work history?'"

5 Extraordinary Books That Work

Carl Fillichio | Posted 03.11.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Based on public input, we've added another five titles to the U.S. Department of Labor's list of Books that Shaped Work in America, bringing total number to 102. Like so many others on the evolving list, these additions reinforce my belief that literature from years past can often help us understand issues we are facing today.

What Typing Cows Teach Us

Carl Fillichio | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type has certainly made an impression since it was published in 2000. There is no doubt it is helping to shape an important aspect of work in America.

Going Public

Carl Fillichio | Posted 02.18.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

When we started the Books that Shaped Work in America project, we said that the list, like work in America, was constantly evolving, and that the list would grow based on suggestions from "the public."

Oh 1913!

Carl Fillichio | Posted 02.11.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

This book has everything: the immigrant experience; the sweeping beauty and the back-breaking hardship of working the land; the passing down of work from one generation to the next; and best of all... a beautiful story of self-discovery through work.

Something We Can All Agree On

Carl Fillichio | Posted 02.04.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Of all the titles that I have not read on the U.S. Department of Labor's ongoing list of Books that Shaped Work in America, there is one I find particularly intriguing.