This is a collection of essays from the author all about the culture of work. Thompson covers our move from religious accomplishment as a defining factor of our lives in previous generations, to how we’ve supplanted that need for accomplishment with workism, the worship of work.
The biggest benefit to reading this short book was pulling out all the references to other books that I should add to my library and take the time to read. If you’re looking for a quick read to survey what people are saying about finding meaning in work, and how it’s not a good thing, this is a decent read. If you’ve read a bunch in the field already, you likely don’t need this as a primer.