Customer Reviews: The Case for Working with Your Hands, Or, Why Office Work Is Bad for Us and Fixing Things Feels Good
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on April 12, 2011
I enjoyed reading Shop Class as Soul Craft and thought this was possibly the sequel to that book. However, The Case for Working with your Hands is the same book as Shop Class, but the European edition. Maybe I didn't read the discription carefully enough, though Amnazon lists this book to purchase along with the original American edition. Caveat Emptor!

(4 Stars is for the actual book. I hate when people give 1 star beacause of this type of issue or it's not available in Kindle. Stars should be for the quality of the book itself).
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on March 14, 2014
Most work becomes boring through repetition and yet we have to do it. University degrees have not resulted in job satisfaction. Agricultural work was once backbreaking and white collar work warm dry and well paid. Now we have issues with meaningless mind work and this is an argument for the old days of understandable hands on labour. When work is only for extracting maximum money the fun goes out of it. This is the gist of what I understand the book to mean. It is written in a mix of academic philosphical language and then again in other chapters in a more a interesting conversational anecdotal way. I disagree with the premise that its only manual work that is satisfying. I do not think that its not an issue of the kind of work but rather one of the freedoms of self employment versus life in paid jobs. He seems not to make this point even when he describes how company managers have to hire motivational speakers to persuade the battery chickens to like their coop, more than spend time managing quality. Overall I enjoyed the book though it could be shorter.
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on May 5, 2015
This is my 5th copy of the book, as I give it to graduation presents to my younger friends and family members. Having come up through the blue collar ranks myself, I relate to this book. While the author uses a vocabulary that is advanced to say the least, and goes on and on in some of the paragraphs, his point never waivers. For anyone who has tackled a DIY project or built something from their own minds, this is what that is about. The ability to do for yourself, the ability to see actual work come to life; whether it's changing your oil, doing your own breaks, building a book shelf or play house for your children. From beginning to end the work and progress can be measured. This book is about rekindling that itch to just build it. Highly recommend.
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on January 17, 2013
Wonderful book. I've read it twice. This book should be read by anyone who thinks upward mobility is the answer to their prosperity.
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on October 19, 2013
Hard to find a book on the nature of contemporary craftsmanship. Crawford hit the nail on the head. Easy for those of us who haves walked the path to relate to.
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on June 5, 2016
Shop Craft as Soul Craft is a 5 star book. If I could give it 6 stars I would. This book is the English version of that book and is apparently the reason that the publishers retitled it.

The reason for one star is that the description on Amazon does not specify that these two books are the same. And the one star is there to call your attention to this misleading situation.

If you don't have either one of these books, you should add one of them to your library. Just don't buy this book thinking that you are buying another fine work by Matthew Crawford.
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on November 19, 2014
Great for Career and Technical Teacher and instructors
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on June 3, 2015
Great book.
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