Compelling, thought-provoking, unsettling
The author of this book is a professional journalist, with experience covering business for the new york times, the new york observer, and forbes. she's served as an editor for inc. magazine and bloomberg personal finance. she knows how to write in a style that grabs and holds a reader's attention. i went straight through cover-to-cover with this book, turning pages and turning down pages. after several years of research, this book was assembled to tell the story of the nightmare that has been the life of the white collar worker in america in recent decades. using an enticing mixture of facts and figures and real-life stories collected from people in the trenches, fraser documents a story that cries for exposure. white collar employees from large companies will recognize-painfully-the picture that's painted, with personal histories and company names and practices illuminating the text. page after page reveals the details of an embarrassingly destructive period in our country's corporate history. sadly, the story continues, with complications and far-reaching implications, far beyond what's presented in white collar sweatshop. you'll experience a wide range of emotions as you move through this factual report. those emotions will range from pity to sympathy, from empathy to rage. using the internet, fraser found a wide range of people to open their hearts, share their experiences, and expose the questionable, unfeeling, almost inhumane acts of corporate executives. you'll read about people who invested their lives, at the expense of their families and themselves, to help build companies that later chewed them up and spit them out. the research for this book was conducted during the late 1990s and into 2000. these were the years of the hot economy where opportunities to change jobs were plentiful. many of the people who worked for large corporations, where this book is centered, did not leave for greener pastures; they were trapped in a never-ending cycle of working, working, working for companies-emotional and professional handcuffs that held them in a no-alternatives, no-win rut. since this book was written, the economy has shifted. during the slowdown of 2000-2002, employers became even more ruthless. with fewer jobs to jump to, workers had their escape routes blocked. the current reality is probably even worse than the deterioration described in fraser's documentary. as the economy picks up, we'll see some cataclysmic changes in the relationship between employers and employees. the historical period recorded in this book will be a foundation for a major upheaval. to understand what's coming, read this book to understand what's happened. special note to senior corporate executives: if you want to attract, inspire, and optimize top talent, read this book to comprehend how your employees feel. even if you're not the size of the major companies cited in the case histories, know that your future or even current employees-directly or indirectly-are influenced by the experiences described. this book will be a catalyst for change if corporate leaders apply the knowledge they'll gain to assure that sweatshop practices are terminated. extra benefits: strong notes section with a number of valuable book references, as well as a comprehensive index.