MixedThe Times (UK)Suzman argues that for all our modern belief that work gives us \'purpose\' and \'meaning\', it is not natural for human beings to work much at all ... for the book to have taken flight Suzman needed to find new, audacious ideas about work in the centuries that followed. But he writes with less conviction and less detail about promising subjects such as the rise of cities, the Industrial Revolution and the rise of modern management techniques. With more time in the library and a bit of Sapiens-style intellectual daring, this book could have provided real intellectual thrills. Next time he needs a research assistant and a bottle of gin ... There is definitely a grand theory of everything to do with the history of work to be written. Suzman’s book isn’t quite it. But if you read Suzman, then Markovits, then Graeber, you’ll be most of the way there.
Anne Helen Petersen
PositiveThe Times (UK)The \'burnout\' described by Petersen’s book is a matter not just of financial insecurity, but also of disappointed expectations. Middle-class millennials were helicopter-parented through countless exams and CV-boosting activities by anxious mums and dads. They spent their summer holidays not at the beach, but undertaking badly paid or unpaid internships. If they eventually won the prestigious jobs they sought, they found that the pay scarcely covered the rent in the big cities where those jobs were located. The archetypal millennial in popular culture is a panicking overachiever ... Petersen’s book is a readable, well-researched guide to a generation.