What To Do For Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day is a national holiday that was created to commemorate the social and economic achievements of the American work force, and to pay tribute to the workers who have contributed to the “strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” 

To celebrate, the vast majority of Americans take the day off work. We relax with our friends and family, grill out, and enjoy the splendor of an extended three-day weekend. It’s the perfect time to catch up on household chores, enjoy spontaneous cat-naps, and, of course, read some great books. We’ve put together a list of some of the best books to read during this relaxing three-day weekend. 

American Capitalism

Professors Louis Hyman and Edward E. Baptist—both from Cornell University—collect the most relevant writings on the history of American capitalism. It’s the perfect starting place for anyone interested in learning the history of the American industrial work force, and how our economic system was designed to promote the opportunity for prosperity for each and every citizen.


Enjoy the history of modern diplomacy, framed into a narrative with real-life anecdotes from noted diplomat and political observer Henry Kissinger. Perhaps most intriguing, this book follows the history of reopening diplomacy with China, an act that has dramatically changed the landscape of the modern workforce in America.


Actor, writer, and carpenter Nick Offerman has branded himself as the “new American man.” In his book, Gumption, he takes this brand a step further and celebrates the historic “troublemakers” that shaped the history of our great nation. Relax this Labor Day weekend by reading Offerman’s take on everyone from George Washington to WIllie Nelson, and beyond.

The Entrepreneur’s Starter Kit

If Labor Day is a holiday set aside to celebrate the workforce, then what better way to celebrate than to start planning your very own business? This book will give you everything you need to start your own company, including advice on law, taxes, and even hiring new employees and creating new jobs. The Entrepreneur's Starter Kit is filled with strategies for managing risk and successfully executing a business plan that will turn the dream of owning your own business a reality.

The School of Greatness

If there’s one word to describe the American workforce, it’s “greatness.” That’s why the story of Lewis Howes resonates so deeply on Labor Day weekend. After a career-ending injury left Howes with no future in professional football, he reached out to the people he admired in search of a mentor. In doing so, Howes bounced back, and created a multi-million dollar online business.

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