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Author: Barbara Ehrenreich; Kate Reading; Macmillan Audio.; BBC Audiobooks America.
Publisher: [New York] : Macmillan Audio ; North Kingstown, R.I. : Distributed by BBC Audiobooks America, ℗2009.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Americans are a "positive" people--cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: this is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive, we are told, is the key to success and prosperity. In this utterly original take on the American frame of mind, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the strange career of our sunny outlook from its origins as a marginal nineteenth-century healing technique to its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Compact discs
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Ehrenreich; Kate Reading; Macmillan Audio.; BBC Audiobooks America.
ISBN: 9780792766698 0792766695 9781427208361 1427208360
OCLC Number: 456373742
Notes: Sound Library: SLD 1812.
Unabridged.
Audio recording by Macmillan Audio, p2009.
Subtitle from container.
In container (17 cm.).
Performer(s): Read by Kate Reading.
Description: 6 audio discs (8 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: Compact disc (DDD).
Contents: Smile or die : the bright side of cancer --
The years of magical thinking --
The dark roots of American optimism --
Motivating business and the business of motivation --
God wants you to be rich --
Positive psychology : the science of happiness --
How positive thinking wrecked the economy --
Postscript on post-positive thinking.
Responsibility: by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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Americans are a "positive" people--cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: this is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive, we are told, is the key to success and prosperity. In this utterly original take on the American frame of mind, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the strange career of our sunny outlook from its origins as a marginal nineteenth-century healing technique to its enshrinement as a dominant, almost mandatory, cultural attitude.

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