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Born losers : a history of failure in America

Author: Scott A Sandage
Publisher: Cambridge, Ma : Harvard University Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What makes somebody a Loser, a person doomed to unfulfilled dreams and humiliation? Nobody is born to lose, and yet failure embodies our worst fears. The Loser's history over the past two hundred years reveals the dark side of success, how economic striving reshaped the self and soul of America. From colonial days to the Columbine tragedy, cultural historian Sandage explores how failure evolved from a business loss  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Scott A Sandage
ISBN: 067401510X 9780674015104 067402107X 9780674021075
OCLC Number: 55962264
Description: x, 362 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue: Lives of quiet desperation --
Going bust in the age of go-ahead --
A reason in the man --
We are all speculators --
Central Intelligence Agency, since 1841 --
The big red book of third-rate men --
Misinformation and its discontents --
The war for ambition --
Big business and little men --
Epilogue: Attention must be paid.
Other Titles: History of failure in America
Responsibility: Scott A. Sandage.

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A study of American cultural history brings to life the experiences of forgotten men and women who wrestled with the label and experience of being The Loser in the days when capitalism was building a  Read more...

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Sandage offers a poignant cultural account of 19th-century economic hardships and the pitiable archetype they gave birth to: the dismal "plodder," the man who was a "failure." He was the fellow who Read more...

 
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