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Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace

Most of us spend upwards of eight hours a day, five days a week in an office. Shaped by everything from sexual politics to management theory, offices evolved over more than a century from the counting-houses of nineteenth-century clerks to the open plans and cubicles we love to hate. Author Nikil Saval traces how utopian design ideas became the soulless offices of today.

How Have Our Offices Changed?

Nikil Saval traces how our office layouts and politics have changed over the years. These photos offer a glimpse of office life from the early 1900s through today.

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Excerpted from Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace Hardcover by Nikil Saval. Courtesy of Random House. Copyright 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.
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QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Presidents And Food?

It's week two of the party conventions, and all these speeches are making us hungry. So we made a quiz to test your savvy about presidents and our favorite topic, food.
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Your Turn: Ronald Reagan's Shooter, Freddie Gray Verdicts And More

Have opinions about the Democratic National Convention, or the verdicts from the Freddie Gray cases? It's your turn to talk.

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Police Use Fingertip Replicas To Unlock A Murder Victim's Phone

Michigan State University engineers tried 3-D-printed fingertips and special conductive replicas of the victim's fingerprints to crack the biometric lock on his Samsung Galaxy phone.

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