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

18 Ratings: 1.8
Book by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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 … see full wiki

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
Genre: Non-Fiction/Sociology, General, Science, Nature & How It Works, Politics, Social Science, Economic Conditions, see all
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Date Published: January 1, 2005
ISBN: 0805076069
4 reviews about Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of...
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
This one will make you mad at times, shake your head in agreement, and want to fix the system somehow.
review by . November 26, 2008
Unemployment 1
Being an unabashed liberal Barbara Ehrenreich had little empathy for the plight of white collar workers in America.  Before embarking on the year long project that would result in her book "Bait and Switch:  The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream " Barbara mistakenly assumed that when these folks were laid off or "downsized" by corporate America that the disruption to their lives was minimal and that most would quickly land on their feet.  By putting herself …
review by . December 09, 2008
Barbara Ehrenreich's Bait and Switch provides insight into the struggles that many white-collar Americans face when laid off late in their careers. In this book, Ehrenreich pretends to be on the job hunt for a white-collar job and subjects herself to all the adventures that such a quest entails.     While the book does contain a lot of facts and reveals that white-collar jobs are becoming just as precious as blue-collar posts, I felt that the book had an incredibly negative tone …
review by . June 17, 2008
As someone who recently went through a job search, I could definitely relate to Barbara's book. Her discussions of less than ethical recruiters, strange unknown standards, and supposedly insightful "personality" tests definitely brought back memories. However, the book unfortunately takes on a very negative tone. While the issues and problems she discussed certainly exist in the corporate world, there are positives that she fails to mention. Also, given that she's coming in with fake credentials …
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