自 1973 年以來，人們的生產力增長速度近乎為薪資的六倍，而大多數人的社會階級遠遠低於最高收入者，人生勝利組就像住在另一個星球一樣遠。工作不僅是為了謀生，更為我們提供了社會定位、人生使命感及地位，但就現今而言，可悲的是工作更使我們置身於長期的折磨之中。
本書作者艾倫‧魯佩爾‧雪爾（Ellen Ruppel Shell）通過詳盡的報導和敏銳的分析，揭示了許多令人驚訝的真相和存於現今社會中如同神話一般難解的問題：要如何在全球化與數位化、中產階級的工作逐漸減少的世界中找到一份好的工作？從美國阿帕拉契山脈地區到中西部工業衰退的中心地帶，或是馬薩諸塞州一家苦苦掙扎的服裝訂製製造商到明尼蘇達州蓬勃發展的共享空間，作者搜集了各種證據來證明，我們對於獲得和保有好工作的過時看法如何束縛並扭曲我們的教育體制、政治與自我意識。
書中講述了香腸製造商、消防員、動物園管理員、醫院清潔工的故事，也分享了經濟學家、電腦科學家、心理學家和歷史學家的故事。將分為四個部分解析現今好工作將面臨的挑戰到未來工作的無限可能性。工作的豐富性、複雜性、獎勵與痛苦對於人們的發展至關重要，艾倫‧魯佩爾‧雪爾描繪出了現今人們所處的位置，並為我們提點了一個充滿希望和前途的未來榮景。（文 / 博客來編譯）
Critically acclaimed journalist Ellen Ruppel Shell uncovers the true cost--political, economic, social, and personal--of America’s mounting anxiety over jobs, and what we can do to regain control over our working lives.
Since 1973, our productivity has grown almost six times faster than our wages. Most of us rank so far below the top earners in the country that the ＂winners＂ might as well inhabit another planet. But work is about much more than earning a living. Work gives us our identity, and a sense of purpose and place in this world. And yet, work as we know it is under siege.
Through exhaustive reporting and keen analysis, The Job reveals the startling truths and unveils the pervasive myths that have colored our thinking on one of the most urgent issues of our day: how to build good work in a globalized and digitalized world where middle class jobs seem to be slipping away. Traveling from deep in Appalachia to the heart of the Midwestern rust belt, from a struggling custom clothing maker in Massachusetts to a thriving co-working center in Minnesota, she marshals evidence from a wide range of disciplines to show how our educational system, our politics, and our very sense of self have been held captive to and distorted by outdated notions of what it means to get and keep a good job. We read stories of sausage makers, firefighters, zookeepers, hospital cleaners; we hear from economists, computer scientists, psychologists, and historians. The book’s four sections take us from the challenges we face in scoring a good job today to work’s infinite possibilities in the future. Work, in all its richness, complexity, rewards and pain, is essential for people to flourish. Ellen Ruppel Shell paints a compelling portrait of where we stand today, and points to a promising and hopeful way forward.