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Full Title of Book:  A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload.
Short Title of Book: A World Without Email.
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Author: Cal Newport
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Publisher: Portfolio (Penguin Random House)
Publication Date: March 2, 2021

Overview of the Book:

Modern knowledge workers communicate constantly. Their days are defined by a relentless barrage of incoming messages and back-and-forth digital conversations–a state of constant, anxious chatter in which nobody can disconnect, and so nobody has the cognitive bandwidth to perform substantive work.  We have become so used to an inbox-driven workday that it’s hard to imagine alternatives. But they do exist.

Drawing on years of investigative reporting, author and computer science professor Cal Newport makes the case that our current approach to work is broken, then lays out a series of principles and concrete instructions for fixing it. In A World without Email, he argues for a workplace in which clear processes–not haphazard messaging–define how tasks are identified, assigned and reviewed. Each person works on fewer things (but does them better), and aggressive investment in support reduces the ever-increasing burden of administrative tasks. Above all else, important communication is streamlined, and inboxes and chat channels are no longer central to how work unfolds.

A World Without Email provides a bold vision for liberating workers from the tyranny of the inbox, and unleashing a new era of productivity.

Biographical Information:

Name: Cal Newport

Past Publications:  Digital Minimalism (Portfolio, 2019), Deep Work (Grand Central, 2016), So Good They Can’t Ignore You (Grand Central, 2012), How to Be a High School Superstar (Random House, 2010), How to Become a Straight-A Student (Random House, 2006), and How to Win at College (Random House, 2005)

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Bio: Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. His scholarship focuses on the theory of distributed systems, while his general-audience writing explores intersections of culture and technology. He is the author of seven books, including, most recently, A World Without Email, Digital Minimalismand Deep Work. These titles include multiple New York Times bestsellers and have been translated into over 40 languages. Newport is also a contributing writer for the New Yorker and the host of the Deep Questions podcast.

Past Awards / Honors: 

Digital Minimalism was a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publisher Weekly, and USA Today bestseller. It was named to best books of the month lists by Amazon, USA Today, and Time.

Deep Work was a Wall Street Journal Bestseller, an Amazon Best Business Book selection for January 2016, and 800-CEO-READ’s Best Business Book of the Week. Since publication, it received praise in the New York Times Book ReviewThe Wall Street JournalThe Economist, and The Guardian.

So Good They Can’t Ignore You was listed as one of the best business books of 2012 by Inc. Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and 800-CEO-Read

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