This book by the late anthropologist David Graeber explores the staggering phenomenon of "bullshit jobs," a term he coined originally in a 2013 essay. Over a third of people are estimated via self-reporting to have jobs so pointless that even the employee cannot justify their existence (though they are asked to do so as a term of their employment). In accessible fashion, Graeber illuminates why bullshit jobs have proliferated, examines the psychological toll on those stuck in them, and explores the social implications of their existence. What separates this book from mere theory is Graeber's profoundly empathetic lens. He's able to make a resounding case for separating human value and financial dependence from work, and presents a much more exciting alternative.
Bullshit Jobs, by David Graeber