Productivity may be way up in the USA, but we've got a serious leisure gap. While the French dangle their toes in the Mediterranean, basking in the obligatory month-long vacation and German workers do battle for ever shorter workweeks, it comes as no surprise to many of us that we are putting in longer hours than we have in a half century. Somehow, the three-martini lunch has morphed into crummy lunches at our desk, mandatory overtime and desk lamps with tanning elements.

Maybe we're clocking so many hours because we forgot about the mass movements that brought us the eight-hour day. Studs Terkel gives us hell for just doing that. And read about one American's campaign to give every American a four-week vacation.

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