Born Losers

Born Losers

A History of Failure in America

eBook - 2006 | 1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed
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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.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. ; 2006. Harvard University Press,
Edition: 1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780674043053
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 362 p.)


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Mar 19, 2012

My expectations for this book were high and the results were underwhelming. I looked forward to revisting American history through the eyes of pioneering merchants trying to carve out a living in the ruthless boom and bust world of frontier business. The idea that America was built from sweat, mistakes and failed attempts appealed to me.

The author attempts to weave this narrative but the book gets bogged down by dense language, disjointed citations and historical examples that are, frankly, not that interesting.

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