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Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion by [David Zweig]
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Zweig’s stint as a fact checker at a magazine no doubt inspired him to look closely at the unsung, behind-the-scenes workers he calls the invisibles. They disappear into their work on two levels, the devotion to excellence and the fact that the more flawless their work, the less it is noticed or recognized. Zweig profiles several individuals who are highly skilled and essential in their jobs but relatively unknown. Among them are the guitar technician for Radiohead, the lead engineer of the tallest skyscraper in China, a cinematographer, and a UN interpreter. He focuses on three traits of the invisibles: no need to be recognized, meticulousness, and a high sense of responsibility. Zweig touches on philosophy, religion, and psychology in exploring the satisfaction derived from work exceptionally well done in contrast to the noisy self-promotion now prevalent. He offers historical context for our current obsession with attention-getting via social media and the Internet and uses the profiles to offer some quiet and thoughtful space to consider the inner value of high-quality work. --Vanessa Bush --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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"An encouraging salute to the world behind the scenes, where the 'Invisibles' allow the show to go on...The author's vignettes really drive the point home. Guitar tech, fact checker, piano tuner, cinematographer, ghostwriter, et al.--it is workmanship, curiosity, demanding internal standards, deep immersion, and cooperative instincts that bring a rewarding life. In Zweig's fascinating world, the limelight doesn't hold a candle to the satisfaction of hard work well done."

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

"In his nonfiction debut, journalist Zweig presents an entertaining, good-natured exploration of the mindsets and psyches of 'invisibles'--people whose passions have required years of training and experience, but who happily toil in obscurity for the love of the work itself...The book's strength is in Zweig's portraits of those dedicated workers behind the scenes...The author's genuine respect for his subjects shines through and keeps these stories lively."

-- "Publishers Weekly"

"Top business book to read in 2014: Invisibles explains why some of the world's most talented, accomplished people choose to fly under the radar...It's a clarion call for work as a craft, for generously sharing knowledge without hogging credit and prizing meaningful work above public recognition. An excellent book."

-- "Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author"

"Zweig's stint as a fact checker at a magazine no doubt inspired him to look closely at the unsung, behind-the-scenes workers he calls the Invisibles...[He] touches on philosophy, religion, and psychology in exploring the satisfaction derived from work exceptionally well done in contrast to the noisy self-promotion now prevalent...and uses the profiles to offer some quiet and thoughtful space to consider the inner value of high-quality work."

-- "Booklist" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00G3L7YCC
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Portfolio (June 12, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 12, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2947 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 253 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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