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

Bait and Switch : The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
Bait and Switch The Pursuit of the American Dream - Futile
Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
ISBN-13: 9780805076066
ISBN-10: 0805076069
Publication Date: 9/6/2005
Pages: 256
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 94 ratings
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 6
The author gives a grim view of what is like to be educated but unemployed. She makes some interesting points but does not really offer any solutions. This book inspired me (along with some other things) to start my own business!
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Helpful Score: 5
An excellent book that covers the plight of (through no fault of their own)unemployed and under-employed white-collar middle class victims of U. S. corporate greed and callous out-sourcing/off-shoring.

"By eliminating other peoples jobs, top management can raise its' own income."

This greed has been illustrated over and over during the past ten years with examples like the Andreas' family at ADM, Lay and Skilling at Enron, and Ebbers at WorldCom.

Ehrenreich provides an excellent summation in the last chapter (Conclusion) of the book.
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Helpful Score: 5
An amusing look into just how hard it is to get a job if you're one of the middle class and are suddenly laid off. But didn't provide the kind of in-depth socieconomic analysis I was expecting that both the title, the jacket, and the author's reputation (or so I thought) would bring
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Helpful Score: 1
Not quite what I expected, but a good narrative of the current middle-class job search.
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Helpful Score: 1
Nickled and Dimed by Ehrenreich is a great read. Bait and Switch doesn't seem to ever take off the ground. Nevertheless, it is an interesting read if only for the cringe-worthy networking events.
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Interesting book. Parts of it are long though.
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Not quite as breath-taking as Nickled and Dimed, but quite good if you like Barbara Ehrenreich and are interested in the plight of the white-collar unemployed.
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if you liked nickel and dimed by the same author, you'll find this book just as interesting.
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Author Barbara Ehrenreich is a whiner. She is the type of person who inspires people to give up and lead a pathetic life. She puts forth the idea that "it is not my fault". Well, when you take 100% responsibility for your situation based on the choices that you have made, you also can take 100% control of your future. But if you spend time blaming others, the economy, the wealthy, the poor, the other gender, etc. Your energy and focus is EVERYWHERE except where it should be.

I strongly suggest that you skip this book. Garbage in garbage out. I only read it for research and to see what my clients might be putting in their heads.