Books: November 2013


The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power and Status in the Twenty-First Century

Ryan Avent, St. Martin’s Press, New York, NY, $26.99, 288 pages, Sept. 2016, ISBN: 978-1-250-07580-2


We are in the midst of an industrial revolution. Digital technology is transforming every aspect of the economy, fundamentally altering how things are done, who does them, and the level of compensation. This book provides up-to-date research and reporting to help make sense of the major economic question of our time: Can the modern world manage technological changes every bit as disruptive as those that shook the socioeconomic landscape of the 19th century?

Traveling to Shenzhen, China; Gothenburg, Sweden; Mumbai, India; and Silicon Valley, the author investigates the meaning of work in the 21st century. He reveals how technology is upending traditional business models and pushing workers into a world totally different from that of a generation ago. Past revolutions required rewriting the social contract, and he argues that this revolution is no different. As the world restructures, how we...

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