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The Real Story of What Happened to Your Salary, Benefits, and Job Security
By (author): Louis Hyman
9780735224087 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate & Business History Aug 20, 2019
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.46 x 8.39 x 0.8 in 400 pages Penguin Books
Winner of the William G. Bowen Prize

Named a “Triumph” of 2018 by New York Times Book Critics

Shortlisted for the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Award

The untold history of the surprising origins of the “gig economy”—how deliberate decisions made by consultants and CEOs in the 50s and 60s upended the stability of the workplace and the lives of millions of working men and women in postwar America.

Over the last fifty years, job security has cratered as the institutions that insulated us from volatility have been swept aside by a fervent belief in the market. Now every working person in America today asks the same question: how secure is my job? In Temp, Louis Hyman explains how we got to this precarious position and traces the real origins of the gig economy: it was created not by accident, but by choice through a series of deliberate decisions by consultants and CEOs—long before the digital revolution.

Uber is not the cause of insecurity and inequality in our country, and neither is the rest of the gig economy. The answer to our growing problems goes deeper than apps, further back than outsourcing and downsizing, and contests the most essential assumptions we have about how our businesses should work. As we make choices about the future, we need to understand our past.

HARDCOVER PUBLICATION: The hardcover received a great review in The New York Times, first serial in The Atlantic, and reviews in business and economic publications.

AUTHOR PROFILE: Author of a recent controversial op ed featured on front page of the NYT

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HOT TOPICS: The gig economy, job creation, and the future of the American job market, especially the effects of globalization - this is the background you need to understand where we can go from here.

UNTOLD HISTORY: The gig economy did not materialize suddenly in the 21st century, its roots lay throughout the sixties and seventies, inside the corporation, guided by consultants, aided by government.

Louis Hyman is an associate professor of economic history at the Industrial Labor Relations School of Cornell University, as well as the director of ILR’s Institute for Workplace Studies in New York City. A former Fulbright scholar and McKinsey consultant, Hyman received his PhD in American history from Harvard University. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Bloomberg, Pacific Standard, Wilson Quarterly and elsewhere. He is the author of Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink and Borrow: The American Way of Debt.

Author Residence: Ithaca, NY

Author Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Illustrator Residence: NYC and Marblehead, MA

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Praise for Temp:

“Illuminating and often surprising…Here, finally, is a book that encourages us to imagine a future that is inclusive and humane rather than sentimentalize a past that never truly was.”—The New York Times

“Hyman’s examination of the evolution of work is thorough, thoughtful, and sympathetic, importantly not excluding the people—immigrants, minorities, women, and youth—largely ignored in the ”American Dream“ model for employment once all but guaranteed to white men.”—Publishers Weekly

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