Work hard and play hard. That's a motto that has been used to sell everything from beer to pickup trucks. Working at Play takes a close look at Americans on vacation -- where we go and why we go there -- to explain the American work ethic and the leisure ethic. It's a well-researched history of Americans kicking back.
Ms. Aron argues in her book that however captive to work people may be while on vacation now, it originated as a benefit and then became a marker of middle-class status.