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Bait and Switch The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream

ISBN-10: 0805081240
ISBN-13: 9780805081244
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Description: The New York Times bestselling investigation into white-collar unemployment from " our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism" -- The New York Times Book Review Americans' working lives are growing more precarious every day. Corporations  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 7/25/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484

The New York Times bestselling investigation into white-collar unemployment from " our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism" -- The New York Times Book Review Americans' working lives are growing more precarious every day. Corporations slash employees by the thousands, and the benefits and pensions once guaranteed by " middle-class" jobs are a thing of the past. In "Bait and Switch," Barbara Ehrenreich goes back undercover to explore another hidden realm of the economy: the shadowy world of the white-collar unemployed. Armed with the plausible re sume of a professional " in transition, " she attempts to land a " middle-class" job. She submits to career coaching, personality testing, and EST-like boot camps, and attends job fairs, networking events, and evangelical job-search ministries. She is proselytized, scammed, lectured, and-- again and again-- rejected. "Bait and Switch" highlights the people who have done everything right-- gotten college degrees, developed marketable skills, and built up impressive re sume s-- yet have become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster. There are few social supports for these newly disposable workers, Ehrenreich discovers, and little security even for those who have jobs. Worst of all, there is no honest reckoning with the inevitable consequences of the harsh new economy; rather, the jobless are persuaded that they have only themselves to blame. Alternately hilarious and tragic, "Bait and Switch," like the classic "Nickel and Dimed," is a searing expose of the cruel new reality in which we all now live.

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of "Blood Rites"; "The Worst Years of Our Lives"; "Fear of Falling", which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, & eight other books. A frequent contributor to Time, Harper's, Esquire, The New Republic, Mirabella, The Nation, The New York Magazine, she lives near Key West, Florida.

Introduction
Finding a Coach in the Land of Oz
Stepping Out into the World of Networking
Surviving Boot Camp
The Transformation
Networking with the Lord
Aiming Higher
In Which I Am Offered a "Job"
Downward Mobility
Conclusion
Afterword
Acknowledgments

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