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Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich, who served during the Clinton administration, hasn’t really unearthed any strikingly original discoveries in his look at the new economy, but the sheer power of his intellect allows him to follow well-documented trends to fresh conclusions. After restating the many economic benefits that technology has wrought in the past decade, Reich moves to the topic that arouses his deepest interests: the changing dynamics of the labor market and the implications of these changes for unskilled workers. His take on the diminished importance of the family and the undermining of social relationships is very interesting. He says these trends have turned community into a kind of commodity that can be bought and sold. Although he prepared the book during the high-tech boom, he foreshadows the bursting bubble, using examples from familiar news stories in novel ways to support his analysis. recommends this thoughtful book to anyone concerned about the future of work or workers, both skilled and unskilled. Will your job survive?

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the technology-driven economic boom is creating social disruptions;
  • How this affects employment and work; and
  • How it will affect your professional and personal choices.

About the Author

Robert B. Reich is a Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as Secretary of Labor under U.S. President Bill Clinton. He is co-founder and national editor of The American Prospect, and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He has written several books, including Locked in the Cabinet, The Work of Nations and The Resurgent Liberal.



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