Bait and Switch: The Futile Pursuit of the Corporate Dream

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Granta Books, 2006 - Displaced workers - 237 pages
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"Bait and Switch highlights the people who've done everything right - gotten college degrees, developed marketable skills, and built up impressive resumes - yet have become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster, and not simply due to the vagaries of the business cycle. Today's ultralean corporations take pride in shedding their "surplus" employees - plunging them, for months or years at a stretch, into the twilight zone of white-collar unemployment, where job-searching becomes a full-time job in itself. As Ehrenreich discovers, America's middle class is now the loser in a classic game of bait and switch, in which the promise of upward mobility and financial security has given way to a harsh reality of limited social supports for newly disposable workers - and no guarantees even for those who have jobs."--Publishers note.

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User Review  - marshapetry - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this book and recommend it but there were some serious gaps. Yes the author was showing the difficulties of job hunting for middle age folks but the book really focused on support groups and ... Read full review

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User Review  - bibleblaster - LibraryThing

A tad more sarcasm and cynicism on display, and a little less compassion than in Nickel and Dimed, but, hey, this chronicles the struggle for a job in the corporate world...there is much to be cynical ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

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.

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