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Bullshit Jobs

Written by: David Graeber
Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
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From best-selling writer David Graeber, a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs and their consequences.

Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the spring of 2013, David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative essay titled “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs”. It went viral. After a million online views in 17 different languages, people all over the world are still debating the answer.

There are millions of people - HR consultants, communication coordinators, telemarketing researchers, corporate lawyers - whose jobs are useless, and, tragically, they know it. These people are caught in bullshit jobs. Graeber explores one of society’s most vexing and deeply felt concerns, indicting among other villains a particular strain of finance capitalism that betrays ideals shared by thinkers ranging from Keynes to Lincoln.

Bullshit Jobs gives individuals, corporations, and societies permission to undergo a shift in values, placing creative and caring work at the center of our culture. This book is for everyone who wants to turn their vocation back into an avocation.

©2018 David Graeber (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Everyone should read this

This is one of the best books I’ve ever read, fiction or non-fiction. Will make sense to anyone who works, except possibly the .1%. So many times I yelled YES! Throughout the reading. David Graeber was brilliant.

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Enjoyed

I’m writing this review because I really enjoyed listening to this book. So much of what is discussed here is what I’ve been thinking about for the past twenty years. Ever since I first started working. Above all it is an interesting topic that needs to be discussed more.

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BS jobs

How true the analyzes are. The system is trying to stay alive but will fail

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Different!

The book helps you get a very different perspective on a lot of issues. The last few chapters took a completely different turn and was a little boring but overall it is a very good book .

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The best book to introduce yourself to Graeber

The world is a darker place without Dr. Graeber, but his work lives on. rest in power, David.

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Very Insightful

The book not only explains the state of work today but examines how we got here and where we can go in the future.

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Brilliant

It was both brilliant and cathartic to listen to this. It has done way more to explain my anxiety and depression than the 200$ an hour therapist. It should be thought at schools.

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A longer book which eventually delivers

After listening to the book for the first couple of hours, I was about finished. It felt like it was lacking structure or creativity. Although I persisted and in the end, found the author was laying the groundwork for the more in-depth breakdown of bullshit jobs on almost all levels one can muster, later on in the book. I thoroughly enjoy this book, and I quote it more commonly than I thought I would. This book was something I listened to as I renovated one of my spare bedrooms and questioned my life of labour.

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Kafkaesque

pretty good. I heard about it from the radio, it had bad reviews by them. But it's pretty good. A bit Kafkaesque by moment and philosophical. Makes a good argument about UBI near the end

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Well argued

Comprehensive, well-written, well-supported explanation of a dire situation that requires immediate attention.

And thank you for actually including the chapter headings and subdivisions and their time locations. This is the first time Audible hasn't done a truly terrible job of that.

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