Book Reviews

Bloated and Cantankerous

by The Inmate a review of Fat and Mean:  The Corporate Squeeze of Working Americans and the Myth of Managerial “Downsizing”  by David M. Gordon The Free Press, published in 1996 hardback / 320 pages / $25.00 Whenever humanity seems condemned to heaviness, I think I should like to fly like Perseus into a different…

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Low Flow and Too Much Leadership

by The Inmate a review of Good Business: Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Viking / $25.95 / 244 pages Suddenly Hopkins whirled and faced him.  “Somebody has to do the big jobs!”  he said passionately.  “This world was built by men like me!” —Sloan Wilson, The Man in the Gray…

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Re: A Necessary Preference

by The Inmate a review of Work to Live: The Guide to Getting a Life by Joe Robinson a Perigee Book, published in 2003 paperback/317 pages/$14.95 How much freedom and human dignity can an employer morally justify buying because someone is willing to sell it? —Joanne B. Ciulla, The Working Life:The Promise and Betrayal of…

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Re: Why Does She Do It?

by The Inmate a review of I Don’t Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother by Allison Pearson Alfred A. Knoph, 2002 $23.00 hardback  338 pages “There’s nothing left to love, Rich, I’m all hollowed out.  Kate doesn’t live here anymore.” —Kate Reddy What has corporate culture done to us? …

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Re: Life, Not Work

by The Inmate a review of The Importance of Living by Lin Yutang published by William Morrow and Company, Inc. 1998, originally published in 1937 paperback, 462 pages Were I to choose an auspicious image for the new millennium, I would choose that one: the sudden agile leap of the poet-philosopher who raises himself above…

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The Quest for Leisure

by The Inmate a review of Leisure, the Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper Saint Augustine’s Press, 1998 paperback, 160 pages The use of leisure is an Art of immense importance in the work-a-day world; for it teaches us what we should do with our time, our own time, when we have any; for our…

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