By Studs Terkel
Perhaps Studs Terkel’s best-known booklet, Working is a compelling, interesting examine jobs and the folk who do them. including over 100 interviews carried out with all people from gravediggers to studio heads, this publication presents a undying photo of people’s emotions approximately their operating lives, in addition to a correct and lasting examine how paintings matches into American life.
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