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Born losers : a history of failure in America

Author: Scott A Sandage
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st Harvard University Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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This is a pioneering work of American cultural history, which connects everyday attitudes and anxieties about failure to lofty ideals of individualism and salesmanship of self. Sandage's storytelling will resonate with all of us as it brings to life forgotten men and women who wrestled with The Loser--the label and the experience--in the days when American capitalism was building a nation of winners.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Sandage, Scott A.
Born losers.
Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press, 2006
(OCoLC)64313312
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Scott A Sandage
ISBN: 9780674043053 0674043057 978-3-11-044220-5 978-3-11-045951-7
OCLC Number: 436295765
Language Note: In English.
Notes: Originally published: 2005.
Description: 1 online resource (x, 362 pages)
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Illustrations --
Prologue: Lives of Quiet Desperation --
1. Going Bust in the Age of Go-Ahead --
2. A Reason in the Man --
3. We Are All Speculators --
4. Central Intelligence Agency, since 1841 --
5. The Big Red Book of Third-Rate Men --
6. Misinformation and Its Discontents --
7. The War for Ambition --
8. Big Business and Little Men --
Epilogue: Attention Must Be Paid --
Notes --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Responsibility: Scott A. Sandage.
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