The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker
Featuring a new preface for the 10th anniversary
As did the national bestseller Nickel and Dimed, Mike Rose’s revelatory book demolishes the long-held notion that people who work with their hands make up a less intelligent class. He shows us waitresses making lightning-fast calculations, carpenters handling complex spatial mathematics, and hairdressers, plumbers, and electricians with their aesthetic and diagnostic acumen. Rose, an educator who is himself the son of a waitress, explores the intellectual repertory of everyday workers and the terrible social cost of undervaluing the work they do. Deftly combining research, interviews, and personal history, this is one of those rare books that has the capacity both to shape public policy and to illuminate general readers.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TLCrawford - LibraryThing
I was reading the first chapter of The Mind at Work when I knew I had to write a review. A waitress was describing how she liked it better when she was busy, when tasks started to pile up she would ... Read full review
The mind at work: valuing the intelligence of the American workerUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Like Barbara Ehrenreich in Nickel and Dimed and Studs Terkel in Working , Rose (Possible Lives ) is famously sympathetic to the working poor. Here he goes beyond that stance to attack the hand orbrain ... Read full review