The Office: A Hardworking History

Gideon Haigh

The Office: A Hardworking History
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The Office: A Hardworking History

Gideon Haigh

In The Office: A Hardworking History, Gideon Haigh traces from origins among merchants and monks to the gleaming glass towers of New York and the space age sweatshops of Silicon Valley, finding an extraordinary legacy of invention and ingenuity, shaped by the telephone, the typewriter, the elevator, the email, the copier, the cubicle, the personal computer, the personal digital assistant. Amid the formality, restraint and order of office life, too, he discovers a world teeming with dramas great and small, of boredom, betrayal, distraction, discrimination, leisure and lust, meeting along the way such archetypes as the Whitehall mandarin and the Wall Street banker. Far from simply being a place we visit to earn a living, the office emerges as a way of seeing the entire world.

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