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A labor of love

In honor of its 2013 centennial, the U.S. Department of Labor is developing a list of “Books That Shaped Work in America” with the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book. Contributors including former secretaries of labor were surveyed to compile the first 100 books, including such titles as “The Grapes of Wrath,” “The Organization Man,” “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” “Working” and “Capitalism and Freedom.”

Now, the ILR School’s Catherwood Library wants Cornellians’ input.

Review the current list and share your own picks with us. What book has shaped or changed your view of work in America? What books have most impacted our collective perception of the American worker? What book is missing from the list?

Suggestions will be included in a display in Catherwood this semester, with rotating entries from the labor department and the local community. Catherwood staff will submit community selections to the Department of Labor for consideration.

To share a Book that Shaped Work in America, email the book title, a brief explanation of why you think the book should be on the list and any suggestions or questions to Aliqae Geraci.