How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary

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Named a "Triumph" of 2018 by New York Times Book Critics
Shortlisted for the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Award

The untold history of the surprising origins of the "gig economy" --how deliberate decisions made by consultants and CEOs in the 50s and 60s upended the stability of the workplace and the lives of millions of working men and women in postwar America.

Every working person in the United States asks the same question, how secure is my job? For a generation, roughly from 1945 to 1970, business and government leaders embraced a vision of an American workforce rooted in stability. But over the last fifty years, job security has cratered as the postwar institutions that insulated us from volatility--big unions, big corporations, powerful regulators--have been swept aside by a fervent belief in "the market." Temp tracks the surprising transformation of an ethos which favored long-term investment in work (and workers) to one promoting short-term returns. A series of deliberate decisions preceded the digital revolution and upended the longstanding understanding of what a corporation, or a factory, or a shop, was meant to do.

Temp tells the story of the unmaking of American work through the experiences of those on the inside: consultants and executives, temps and office workers, line workers and migrant laborers. It begins in the sixties, with economists, consultants, business and policy leaders who began to shift the corporation from a provider of goods and services to one whose sole purpose was to maximize profit--an ideology that brought with it the risk-taking entrepreneur and the shareholder revolution and changed the very definition of a corporation.

With Temp , Hyman explains one of the nation's most immediate crises. Uber are not the cause of insecurity and inequality in our country, and neither is the rest of the gig economy. The answer goes deeper than apps, further back than downsizing, and contests the most essential assumptions we have about how our businesses should work.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2018]
Copyright Date: c2018
ISBN: 9780735224070
Characteristics: x, 388 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 29, 2018

Dear Clueless @ Cornell . . . is this dude for real? And why would any accredited university employ him?!
I found Anne-Marie Slaughter's blurb on the back cover of this book particularly offensive [she obviously did not read the same book I did] - - but then I doubt most are familiar with her heinous background. [Remember those privatized cities of Honduras? ? ?]
This dude really doesn't tell us anything - - I believe, Mr. Hyman, that most Americans have already figured out that some foreign countries have cheaper labor, but thanks for the tip, dude!
Hyman's final chapter is beyond idiotic - - he wants us all to embrace and join the gig economy - - consistent with his piece-of-crap book!
Hyman mentions Rajat Gupta and White, Weld and Manpower, but Hyman DOESN'T tell us what jailbird Rajat Gupta was responsible for - - millions of jobs offshored - - nor that there has always been a member of the Bush-Walker family at White, Weld while it existed - - nor that Manpower shut down 1,000 offices across America in 2003 and opened up over 900 offices in China! In fact, Hyman doesn't really tell us anything . . . . .
He does thank Niall Ferguson in the Acknowledgements section - - you know, that dude who wrote the 2-volume puff piece on the Rothschilds, and the Harvard Theory of Money?
I'm NOT surprised that the term // amortization \\ doesn't appear in this book - - I'm sure the author couldn't grasp its significance!
Louis Hyman - - yet another clueless wonder who has no idea who the owners are - - or else an undercover evangelist for Peter Thiel? ? ?
We are living through the usual demise of capitalism [look up the brilliant anthropologist Joseph Tainter's economic description on the demise of the Roman Empire], with globalized financialization killing Main Street [consumerism] - - going from over-exploitation to the final extreme over-exploitation.
And that's all she wrote . . . .
[It is NO coincidence that Rajat Gupta was with the Rockefeller Foundation, nor that David Rockefeller was the major financial backer of NAFTA - - with its backdoor to offshoring jobs to China by way of Mexico. VIVA LA HIDDEN AGENDAS! ! !]


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