Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace [Audiobook] by Nikil Saval
English | April 22, 2014 | ASIN: B00J360BLK, ISBN: 0804190976 | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 31 mins | 344 MB
Narrator: Stephen Hoye
You mean this place we go to five days a week has a history? Cubed reveals the unexplored yet surprising story of the places where most of the world’s work—our work—gets done. From “Bartleby the Scrivener” to The Office, from the steno pool to the open-plan cubicle farm, Cubed is a fascinating, often funny, and sometimes disturbing anatomy of the white-collar world and how it came to be the way it is—and what it might become.
In the mid-nineteenth century clerks worked in small, dank spaces called “counting-houses.” These were all-male enclaves, where work was just paperwork. Most Americans considered clerks to be questionable dandies, who didn’t do “real work.” But the joke was on them: as the great historical shifts from agricultural to industrial economies took place, and then from industrial to information economies, the organization of the workplace evolved along with them—and the clerks took over. Offices became rationalized, designed for both greater efficiency in the accomplishments of clerical work and the enhancement of worker productivity. Women entered the office by the millions, and revolutionized the social world from within. Skyscrapers filled with office space came to tower over cities everywhere. Cubed opens our eyes to what is a truly “secret history” of changes so obvious and ubiquitous that we’ve hardly noticed them.
From the wood-paneled executive suite to the advent of the cubicles where 60% of Americans now work (and 93% of them dislike it) to a not-too-distant future where we might work anywhere at any time (and perhaps all the time), Cubed excavates from popular books, movies, comic strips (Dilbert!), and a vast amount of management literature and business history, the reasons why our workplaces are the way they are—and how they might be better.
Hollywood’s America : Understanding History Through Film (Fifth edition)
by Steven Mintz and Randy W. Roberts
English | 2016 | ISBN: 1118976495 | 445 Pages | True PDF | 5 MB
Fully revised, updated, and extended, the fifth edition of Hollywood’s America provides an important compilation of interpretive essays and primary documents that allows students to read films as cultural artifacts within the contexts of actual past events.
– A new edition of this classic textbook, which ties movies into the broader narrative of US and film history
– This fifth edition contains nine new chapters, with a greater overall emphasis on recent film history, and new primary source documents which are unavailable online
– Entries range from the first experiments with motion pictures all the way to the present day
– Well-organized within a chronological framework with thematic treatments to provide a valuable resource for students of the history of American film
Phil Brigandi, “A Brief History of Orange, California: The Plaza City”
ISBN: 1609492870 | 2011 | EPUB | 128 pages | 5.20 MB
Orange, California, is a city that started small but grew big on the promise, sweat and toil of agriculture. Born from the breakup of the old Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana, its early days were filled with horse races, gambling and fiestas. Citrus was the backbone of the economy for more than half a century, though postwar development eventually replaced the orange groves. Historian and Orange native Phil Brigandi traces the roots of the city back to its small-town origins: the steam whistle of the Peanut Roaster, the citrus packers tissue-wrapping oranges for transport, Miss Orange leading the May Festival parade and the students of Orange Union High painting the O and celebrating Dutch-Irish Days. In doing so, he captures what makes Orange distinct.
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