The Neo-gen­er­al­ist: Where You Go Is Who You Are

Ken­neth Mikkelsen Richard Martin

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LID Pub­lish­ing Soft­cover $19.95 (256pp) 978-1-910649-55-8

High­light­ing the sto­ries of mod­ern-day jacks-ofall-trades, this is a study with depth.

Ken­neth Mikkelsen and Richard Martin’s The Neo-gen­er­al­ist is a break­through work, with re­search that is con­ducted on a global scale and iden­ti­fies and de­fines the con­tem­po­rary “jack-ofall-trades.”

Leonardo da Vinci, of­ten held up as a sym­bol of re­mark­able ver­sa­til­ity, was a tes­ta­ment to the con­cept of the “Re­nais­sance man.” This in­vig­o­rat­ing study of mul­ti­fac­eted in­di­vid­u­als shows that the mod­ern-day da Vinci still ex­ists in the form of the “neo-gen­er­al­ist.”

A neo-gen­er­al­ist is “both a gen­er­al­ist and a spe­cial­ist … adap­tive, re­spon­sive, cat­alytic.” By call­ing at­ten­tion to this neo-gen­er­al­ist per­sona, the au­thors de­bunk the neg­a­tive per­cep­tion of a “jack-of-all-trades, mas­ter of none,” posit­ing that such a per­son “can of­ten be­come mas­ter of many trades.”

The Neo-gen­er­al­ist deftly mixes its the­o­ret­i­cal view­point with con­crete ex­am­ples, most of which are dis­tilled from ex­ten­sive in­ter­views. The sto­ries told are far from un­com­pli­cated; rather, they il­lus­trate the com­plex and of­ten cir­cuitous route that many neo-gen­er­al­ists take in their lives and ca­reers. Dolly Gar­land, in­spired by Leonardo da Vinci, lived in mul­ti­ple coun­tries, ob­tained mul­ti­ple col­lege de­grees, and de­cided to pur­sue

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