Author Matthew Crawford makes a critically important point. The US society has come to severely undervalue skilled manual work, and this undervaluing is producing terrible consequences.
High school, which once was viewed as a preparation for entering the workforce, is now viewed as a preparation for college. High school graduates who do not go to college are viewed as failures, for both themselves and the high school. Employment requiring advanced degrees -- no matter how socially useless and soul destroying -- is given higher status than work in a skilled trade -- work which is useful and satisfying.
Crawford learns all of this the hard way, getting the degree, the soul-destroying job, and the epiphany to change careers to become a motorcycle mechanic. In part, the book is about his personal journey, but he uses his journey to illustrate how and where society has gone wrong in its value system, and how that value system is making people both unhappy and incompetent at life.
Crawford's story and philosophy are compelling. If this topic appeals to you, Shop Class as Soulcraft will delight you.
This book desperately needs editing down. Far too many words for too little content.
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