Barbara Ehrenreich - Bright-Sided

Friday, October 16, 2009 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Ehrenreich has turned American optimism on its head in this savvy piece of cultural criticism. She argues that optimism is "the American ideology" and is used to promote growth through capitalism. When institutions demand that their employees not dwell on bad news, real disasters can result from unreadyness. Examples of this are the warnings about terrorism before 9/11 and the reports of New Orleans's vulnerability to weather events. Ehrenreich blames the epidemic of positive thinking for our current economic woes.


Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Non Fiction
Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805087499
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Metropolitan Books - October 13th, 2009

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