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Bullshit Jobs: A Theory Paperback – 7 May 2019

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"Fresh...fascinating... Graeber's book is not just thought provoking, but also exceedingly timely."--Gillian Tett, The Financial Times

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"A thought-provoking examination of our working lives."--Financial Times

"Buoyed by a sense of recognition, the reader happily follows Graeber in his fun attempts to categorize bulls--- jobs into Goons, Flunkies, Box Tickers, Duct Tapers, and Taskmasters, which inevitably bleed together into Complex Multiform Bulls--- Jobs. It's funny, albeit painful, that we've gotten work so wrong and spend so much time at it."--Bloomberg.com

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (7 May 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1501143336
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1501143335
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting issue to raise, but the book itself is too long and repetitive.
By TS on 6 August 2021
I started to read this book as some economic academics praised this book. The beginning was interesting. I have never thought of the idea of "bullshit jobs" and the quote above was thought-provoking.

Then, it became boring and repetitive anecdotal. These anecdotes are familiar to us who have worked in large companies, etc, and not insightful for us. This book may be interesting for academics who don't know much about the corporate world.

This book's idea/issue raising worths paying attention but this book can be summarized in one-twentieth length.
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1.0 out of 5 stars BS book
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4.0 out of 5 stars There's much of it in modern work life
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 May 2018
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1.0 out of 5 stars Simplistic, repetitive and somewhat embarrassing for a so-called academic
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read
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