Good Reads About Work

The Department of Labor is seeking comments. No, not about some new wage-hour or workplace-safety rule. It wants your book recommendations!

In case you missed it, the DOL, in partnership with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, has launched a project called “Books that Shaped Work in America.”  (It was inspired by the Library of Congress’ “Books That Shaped America” exhibition, which explores the impact of books on American life and culture.)

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez describes the initiative this way ….

Think of this effort as an online book club where people from all walks of life can share books that informed them about occupations and careers, molded their views about work and helped elevate the discourse about work, workers and workplaces. At the same time, the site provides a unique way for people to learn about the mission and resources of the U.S. Department of Labor.”

imgresTo get the list started, the DOL invited 24 individuals, including Perez, eight former secretaries of labor, department staff members, civil-rights leaders, critics, authors, media personalities and staff from the Library of Congress to submit their suggestions.

Classics featured on the DOL website currently range from Upton Sinclair’s Oil and Ann Rand’s Atlas Shrugged to William Whyte’s The Organization Man and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

All great recommendations for the list, which could also include a few titles offered up by members of our editorial team: Wayne Oates’ Confessions of a Workaholic, Spencer Johnson’s Who Moved My Cheese, Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, Joshua Ferris’ Then We Came to the End and Martin Mayer’s Madison Avenue, U.S.A.

Have a few of your own? If so, I’m sure the DOL would welcome hearing from you.