Shop Class as Soulcraft

An Inquiry into the Value of Work
Author(s): Matthew B. Crawford
Original Publish Date: Oct 16, 2018
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (6.63 hours)
Product Number: Z100140160
Released: Oct 16, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781984843623
Narrator/s: Max Bloomquist
Publisher: Books on Tape
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A philosopher/mechanic's wise (and sometimes funny) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one's hands Called "the sleeper hit of the publishing season" by The Boston Globe, Shop Class as Soulcraft became an instant bestseller, attracting readers with its radical (and timely) reappraisal of the merits of skilled manual labor. On both economic and psychological grounds, author Matthew B. Crawford questions the educational imperative of turning everyone into a "knowledge worker," based on a misguided separation of thinking from doing. Using his own experience as an electrician and mechanic, Crawford presents a wonderfully articulated call for self-reliance and a moving reflection on how we can live concretely in an ever more abstract world.

All formats/editions

Author(s): Matthew B. Crawford
Narrator(s): Max Bloomquist
Product Number BN876
Released: Apr 19, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
ISBN: #9781455805716
Author(s): Matthew B. Crawford
Product Number EB00394164
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781101057292

Professional reviews

"Crawford offers a compelling book at a time when we struggle to define our values amid the whirl of technological progress. However, narrator Max Bloomquist falls a little short in his performance. Crawford argues that while technology entices us with promises of convenience and ease, our ignorance about the mechanics of our magic machines disempowers us as a society and as individuals. Though competent, Bloomquist's voice doesn't do full justice to the ominous warnings--reminiscent of Huxley--implied in the book. At times, Bloomquist's delivery even has a note of what sounds like condescension that seems unintended by the author. Still, the experience of listening to Crawford's book while driving or working might bring home the power of its message. L.P. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"

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