Bait and Switch: The Futile Pursuit of the Corporate Dream

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Granta Books, 2006 - Displaced workers - 237 pages
"Bait and Switch highlights the people who've done everything right - gotten college degrees, developed marketable skills, and built up impressive resumes - yet have become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster, and not simply due to the vagaries of the business cycle. Today's ultralean corporations take pride in shedding their "surplus" employees - plunging them, for months or years at a stretch, into the twilight zone of white-collar unemployment, where job-searching becomes a full-time job in itself. As Ehrenreich discovers, America's middle class is now the loser in a classic game of bait and switch, in which the promise of upward mobility and financial security has given way to a harsh reality of limited social supports for newly disposable workers - and no guarantees even for those who have jobs."--Publishers note.

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Bait and switch: the (futile) pursuit of the American dream

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Three years ago, journalist and social critic Ehrenreich wrote the best-selling Nickel and Dimed , exposing the dead-end world of the low-wage worker in America. Here, she tackles the problems of ... Read full review

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The author of "Nickeled and Dimed" goes undercover for about a year to look for a job. The title refers to the predators who charge job seekers for coaching, make-overs, networking, job leads, pep ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Barbara Ehrenreich writes regularly for Time, Harper's, The New York Times Magazine and various British newspapers including The Times and the Guardian. Her previous books include Nickel and Dimed, and Global Woman. She lives near Key West, Florida.

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