Biz Lit

My Job, My Self (Routledge, $27.95)

Like most entrepreneurs, you probably think about your work every single day-and into the night. But you've never thought about it like Al Gini in his book My Job, My Self: Work and the Creation of the Modern Individual, who cogitates at length over every aspect of work, from why and where we work to what we work at. He also looks outward, quoting philosophers and business owners alike on the subject.

Entrepreneurs won't like everything they read here-while generally even-handed, Gini's sympathies seem to lie more with workers than with managers and business owners. But, among other things, you'll gain insight into why you overwork, learn about what employees consider to be "good jobs" and read sobering statistics on employee violence directed against employers.

By the end of the book, you'll wonder why you ever thought about work the way you used to.

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This article was originally published in the October 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Biz Lit.

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