"People often do what they do for the reasons they think they do”: First Edition of The Organization Man; Inscribed by William Whyte

  • The Organization Man.

The Organization Man.


Item Number: 2141

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1956.

First edition of one of the most influential books on management ever written. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author, “Best to Lydia Bronte about whom this book was not written! Holly Whyte 4/18/89.” Additionally signed “William H. Whyte” on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust price-clipped dust jacket with a few small chips to the crown of the spine and a small chip to the front panel. Uncommon signed and inscribed.

William H. Whyte was an American urbanist, organizational analyst, journalist and self-proclaimed people-watcher. The Organization Man is "[r]ecognized as a benchmark, Whyte's book reveals the dilemmas at the heart of the group ethos that emerged in the corporate and social world of the postwar era" (Nathan Glazer). It "established the categories Americans now use when thinking about the workplace, the suburbs, and their lives" (Newsweek).

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