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For those of you with some summer reading time coming up you might be interested in reading the book that Mr. Crawford has made out of the article he wrote for The New Atlantis (not near as flaky as it sounds). He discusses the difference between trade workers like bookbinders and factory workers and how the American (and Canadian) education systems responded and are still responding to dumb down our kids to work in mindless automaton jobs in offices now.

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Dear Reader -

Three years ago, we published in the pages of /The New Atlantis/ an essay called "*Shop Class as Soulcraft* <http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/shop-class-as-soulcraft>" by one of our contributing editors, Matthew B. Crawford. The essay, which was very widely read and discussed online, argues against the misguided assumption that manual work isn't thoughtful and criticizes the educational tendency to encourage all students to become "knowledge workers."

Shop Class as Soulcraft <http://www.amazon.com/Shop-Class-Soulcraft-Inquiry-Value/dp/1594202230?&camp=212361&linkCode=wey&tag=the-new-atlantis-20&creative=380733>I am very pleased to let you know that Mr. Crawford has expanded his essay into a book, /*Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work <http://www.amazon.com/Shop-Class-Soulcraft-Inquiry-Value/dp/1594202230?&camp=212361&linkCode=wey&tag=the-new-atlantis-20&creative=380733>*/, just published by Penguin. Mr. Crawford, a philosopher and mechanic, makes the case for the manual trades: they require careful thinking and are punctuated by moments of genuine pleasure; they cannot be outsourced or made obsolete; they tie us to the local communities in which we live; and they instill the pride that comes from doing genuinely useful work.

Reviewers have called the book "timely and provocative" (/The New York Times/), "a powerful case for the special value of skilled work" (/The Wall Street Journal/), and "the best self-help book I've ever read" (/Slate/). (Links to other reviews and to interviews with Mr. Crawford can be found on the */New Atlantis <http://www.thenewatlantis.com>/ homepage <http://www.thenewatlantis.com>*.)

Readers of /The New Atlantis/ will find much to enjoy in /Shop Class as Soulcraft/, and I encourage you to buy a copy for yourself or for college-age friends or relatives.

Also, if you live in the Washington, D.C. area, I'm pleased to invite you to hear Mr. Crawford discuss his book in a free evening lecture at our offices on June 29. For details, *click here <http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/talking-shop>*.

As always, thank you for your interest in /The New Atlantis/.

Adam Keiper

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