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  - 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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User Review  - comixminx - LibraryThing

I can't honestly give this a very high rating, and probably the thing that Fiona said while passing this on to me ("pass it on to someone else when you've finished, I don't need it back") should have ... 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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