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Bait and Switch : The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
Bait and Switch The Pursuit of the American Dream - Futile
Author: 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 goes back undercover to explore another hidden realm of the economy: the shadowy world of the white-col...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780805081244
ISBN-10: 0805081240
Publication Date: 7/25/2006
Pages: 272
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  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 44 ratings
Publisher: Owl Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Bait and Switch : The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream on + 54 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
I was a big fan of "Nickel and Dimed", so I was looking forward to reading this book as well. I love Ehrenreich's writing style and found the story fascinating. However, I felt unfulfilled by the conclusion. I felt that she did not budget a reasonable amount of time for the project, and, thus, gave up too quickly. I was hoping that she would either find a job in the end, or, alternatively, take the "job" she was offered and continue her search to give a more typical account of a job search. The book wasn't bad by any means, but I don't have a desire to read it again, as I did for "Nickel and Dimed."
reviewed Bait and Switch : The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream on + 68 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
I thought this was exceptionally well written and a good approach at what exists in the job market today. Yes, there were issues with the experiment regarding the level of background the author could reveal but this was covered in the beginning and a plausible background was created given her talents with references (the few people in on her undercover work). As a person who worked in the Human Resources field, who also had a work gap which had to be explained. I felt her experiences were accurate.
reviewed Bait and Switch : The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream on + 367 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I love Barbara Ehrenreich. This time she gets to the bottom of how the middle-class and "jobs for life" are a thing of the past. And, if you do have a job, it doesn't matter. Age discrimination firing can get you! And unions? They're not much help either. They take your money but they're not much support except to suggest you proceed with a lawsuit! It's scary out here in the world!
reviewed Bait and Switch : The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream on + 25 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Ehrenreich explores the trials, tribulations, and lack of success of a middle class white collar woman during a search for a job. To write this book, Ehrenreich went "undercover" as a middle-aged woman returning to the full-time workforce, in an attempt to experience some of the elements that face down-sized or underemployed workers today. Though this book was written in 2005/06 it still seems relevant to today's economy and workforce. If that's true, then this book paints a bleak picture of the trials and outcomes facing today's educated job-seeker. I'm not sure how universal Ehrenreich's experience is, but the book is damned depressing. Ultimately though, as reading matter, its not as engaging as "Nickeled and Dimed", Ehrenreich's exploration of woman's entry level blue collar work. I guess its hard to make time spent at a computer and in various networking and support group meetings as interesting as being abused by one's boss at Walmart. Still, the picture it paints of America's corporate job market is scary.
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent and tragic at the same time. Good insight and info on traps that the unemployed can fall into in the hopes of getting that white collar job.
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reviewed Bait and Switch : The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream on + 9 more book reviews
This one wasn't as good as nickel and dimed, but great book for a quick college writing assignment.
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this book is the flip side of Nickel and Dimed.....it shows Corporate America and the struggle of an unemployed white collar worker.....


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