Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America

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Picador, Aug 3, 2010 - Social Science - 256 pages
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Americans are a "positive" people -- cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: This is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive is the key to getting success and prosperity. Or so we are told.

In this utterly original debunking, Barbara Ehrenreich confronts the false promises of positive thinking and shows its reach into every corner of American life, from Evangelical megachurches to the medical establishment, and, worst of all, to the business community, where the refusal to consider negative outcomes--like mortgage defaults--contributed directly to the current economic disaster. With the myth-busting powers for which she is acclaimed, Ehrenreich exposes the downside of positive thinking: personal self-blame and national denial. This is Ehrenreich at her provocative best--poking holes in conventional wisdom and faux science and ending with a call for existential clarity and courage.

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Review: Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

User Review  - Ivonne Rovira - Goodreads

Every wonder how these positive-thinking gambits are supposed to work, the ones that are supposed to make you richer (Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich), more popular (Dale Carnegie's How to Win ... Read full review

Review: Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

User Review  - Elyse - Goodreads

WAIT.......... I HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK ... But I didn't know how to say what I wanted to say without saying I read it!!!!!! Hearing somebody be TOO positive at inappropriate times ...just feels ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Barbara Ehrenreich is the bestselling author of sixteen previous books, including Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, Bright-sided, This Land Is Their Land, Dancing In The Streets and Blood Rites. A frequent contributor to Harper's and The Nation, she has also been a columnist at The New York Times and Time magazine.

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