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We need a book cover for: The Craftsman
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July 29, 2014 | History
Cover of: The Craftsman by Richard Sennett

The Craftsman

Published by Yale University Press .
Written in English.

About the Book

"Most of us have to work. But is work just a means to an end? In trying to make a living, have we lost touch with the idea of making things well? In this provocative and enlightening book, Richard Sennett explores the idea of craftsmanship - the desire to do a job well for its own sake - as a template for living. Pure competition, he argues, will never produce good work. Instead, the values of the craftsman, whether in a Stradivari violin workshop or a modern laboratory, can enrich our lives and change the way we anchor ourselves in the world around us."

First Sentence

"Just after the Cuban Missile Crisis, the days in 1962 when the world was on the brink of atomic war, I ran into my teacher Hannah Arendt on the street."

Edition Notes

I wrote a blog post about this book, inspired by the section on the good craftsman and managing obsession:

The Physical Object

Format Hardcover
Number of pages 336
Dimensions 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches

ID Numbers

Open Library OL10319385M
Internet Archive craftsman00senn
ISBN 10 0300119097
ISBN 13 9780300119091
Library Thing 4900820
Goodreads 1931426


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