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This book piqued my interest because our company was in the midst of moving our headquarters from an outdated cubicle laden office to a new state of the art office utilizing open, shared workspaces.
The good: there are some fascinating historical nuggets on the evolution of the office that you probably won't find agglomerated in one singular text anywhere else.
The bad: the evolutionary tale of the office is littered with the author's penchant for frequently summarizing the plots of Hollywood films based in office settings. This was a perplexing move considering that I found the historical information quite interesting. The recanting of storylines from multiple films muddied what would have otherwise been easy to follow linear storytelling and I often fast forwarded the movie portions @ 3x speed to get to the historical parts. All in all an average read on how the office as we know it came to be. The rating would have been better if the author edited out the useless retelling of Hollywood movie plots... Which would have made it a third shorter too.
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Do you to learn about the history of the workplace? Go ahead, you will find it here, since the industrial revolution through today's coworking facilities.
But there is much more! Sarah's story is really about the white collars and how they were influenced and influence the world we live. His ironic and sometimes sarcastic narrative becomes even more exciting and provocative when we figured out he's taking about people that could be exactly like you and me. Or like our parents and grandparents.