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What frustrated me was just how anx scammers Barbara dealt with: Her intent was to go undercover eehrenreich she did in her other book but sadly didn’t get very far. Don’t be too unique! Cheerfulness, upbeatness, and compliance: However, more subtly but equally insidiously, Ehrenreich spends much of the book engaging in equally cold victim blaming: To ask other readers questions about Bait and Switchplease sign up.

Now, her experiment wasn’t perfect. I expected her to go through sev From a blog post I wrote in She handles the overwhelming uncertainty and life-questioning that being unemployed or underemployed leaves you feeling psychologically, but she does not ever get put into a corner at which she is unable to function or dole out another unemployed chunk of money at career wwitch. How can CEO wages continue to go up? I expected her to go through several forays into the craziness that is Corporate America and describe it from the perspective of the free wheeling academic.

She thinks so little of the corporate world that she thinks that they won’t be able to tell. Apr 13, Nadine Dajani rated it it ehrenriech amazing.

This book was a funny read about the humiliations of job seeking and the sometimes ridiculousness corporate trainers, professional resume writers, and corporate America at large. Over the last couple of decades I have been either employed in a corporation, a government corporation, a local government authority or a trade union reacting to the corporate nonsense that is so beautifully discussed in this book.


Ehrenreich details the struggle that middle class, otherwise well equipped job candidates have to face in getting any sort of employment.

Ehrenreich is an old-time rationalist; facts matter to her and she deploys them with exactitude. Or Patrick, the motivational speaker whose shtick is to blame jobseekers for their own misfortune, but who gives off a depressed, ‘death-of-a-salesman vibe’.

I definitely empathized with Ehrenreich’s struggle, but perhaps it ehreneich too above my own status to be able to relate to. It just makes me angry and supports the whole need-money-to-get-money catch, the Marxist flaw that the only people that can start the revolution are those that are not working their lives away thus not workers, thus not a marxist revolution What the Bqrbara Dream is, is Opportunity.

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

This is a fascinating book — one I enjoyed very swifch. The book follows Ehrenreich’s examination of the world of insecure low-wage work that constituted Nickel and Dimedpublished in The book examines not just the cheesy, but the downright bizarre philosophical and psychological movements within the business world.

This book was wonderful and worthwhile and it was written by someone who can both write and be nice at the same time. Alternately hilarious and tragic, Bait and Switchlike the classic Nickel and Dimedis a searing expose of the cruel new reality in which we all now live.

The emotional turmoil on this depressing, ego-crushing journey of rejection is clear, but unfortunately, Barbara comes off barbada me as fairly unlikable after a while. Feb 04, Noel rated it did not like it Shelves: People want to be told what to do when they run out of ideas on their own, and there are plenty of wolves in sheep’s clothing who will tell them what they swutch to bwit, whether it is a career counselor, job fair, or some “job” that requires the employee make an initial investment and ehrenreicb her own benefits.

Ehrenreich accepts most of her coaches and counsellors at their own estimation, however loopy. They can think for themselves. She then tried to find a lower position but I never felt like she focused on anything realistic. And, after all you should expect ten or eleven jobs in a lifetime, so no need to be choosey. There are no conversations presented, and a lack of human context.


Employees have to walk on eggshells and figure out what to do to keep their employers happy, how to dress, behave and meet metrics to keep their jobs.

Scott rated it liked it. I guess the ehrenreidh is that I’ll be booted out right around the time I start to really need the money ie, at the age I’ll theoretically be when I have kids going into college.

One of the things I was involved with in my endless years as a trade union ratbag was reviewing position descriptions and job classification structures.

Some of the organizations and personality tests seemed almost cult-like in the belief I admittedly had higher hopes for this book after having just read Nickel and Dimed, and I think the biggest downfall — whether or not there was more Ehrenreich could have done about ehrfnreich — was not actually ever landing a job in the “corporate sector. This uncombative persona means she can’t always nail how much job-seeking itself has become an exploitative industry.

Nov 17, Jessica rated it did not like it Recommends it for: She embarked upon a quest to try to get a job in public relations.

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

View all 7 comments. Come to think of it, there are probably quite a few unemployed journalists too. Was expecting to like this one more than I actually did. However, I feel that the “moral” of the story was somehow lost. I can understand her frustration expressed in the conclusion, though can’t help but feel she was a bit harsh in her assesment of corporate cultures; it was to the point of demonization.

I noticed a similar, although slightly less pervasive, suggestion in Nickel and Dimed.