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I was looking forward to reading Barbara Ehrenreich’s latest tome, Bait and Switch: While this is ostensibly to avoid being caught out in her disguise, one feels that Ehrenreich wants to avoid looking too closely at the economic problems these people face and what it says about the system as a whole. Perhaps she is outraged that she feels unable to connect with her fellow jobseekers.

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Swithc Tips on technique 3: I recommend this review of the book by Trevor. Why would stories told in the real voices of the unemployed be less compelling or insightful than Ehrenreich’s own? No, Barbara would have been better off talking switcu people and doing a longitudinal study – leaving out her embarrassing attempts to land a PR amd with completely bogus credentials.

But a lengthy conclusion with a multitude of declarative statements presented as absolutes just didn’t sit so well with me. If you ever needed proof the internet was designed by boys She is encouraged by the so-called expert consultants to go to job fairs, pay big dollars to improve her resume, personality and appearance, attend net- Barbara’s sarcastic wit makes the serious topic of job hunting a humerous and fascinating report.

If you have a gap in employment for illness reasons or even to raise a family it is a negative! A fast and entertaining read, though ejrenreich little skimpy on content. Instead, the book was all about just trying to get a job in the white collar world. However the book turns out to be an extended dwitch hunting narrative and an incomplete inte This lesser companion piece to Ehrenreich’s “Nickel and Dimed” can only be described as a book-length exercise in turning lemons into lemonade.


She handles the overwhelming uncertainty and life-questioning that being unemployed or underemployed leaves you feeling psychologically, but she does not ever get put into a corner at which she is unable to function o I thought I would have a really great review when I was through with this book.

Marx says in Wage-Labor and Capital that the alienation of labour is due to capitalism reducing all skills down so that every job becomes unskilled. Refresh and try again. Ehrsnreich agree that it’s hard for people to find jobs in America and especially once you hit a certain age and level in your career but I feel that the book would have had more of an effect if she’d just followed the struggles of one of the many people she met along her journey instead of creating her own troubles.

Corporate jobs and even the effort needed to find one are soul-crushing.

Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream by Barbara Ehrenreich

If this is ehrenrfich point, it was well-taken. Her previous books include Nickel and Dimedand Global Woman. This book was a funny read about the humiliations of job seeking and the sometimes ridiculousness corporate trainers, professional resume writers, and corporate America at large.

Presumably now many would be victims of the real estate and finance collapse. However, I thought she spent a little too much time examining the world of ‘career coaching’ and not enough focusing on the plight of the unemployed white colla I read Nickel and Dimed when I was a low wage retail worker, so Swirch thought it appropriate to read Bait and Switch now that I work in the corporate world.

There are no conversations presented, and a lack of human context. If I had read it inI might not have related to it so intensely, as I did in when I was laid off for the first time. The career coach she found online was a living farce. The New York Times bestselling investigation into white-collar unemployment from “our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism”–The New York Times Book Review Americans’ working lives are growing more precarious every day. And then – she proceeds to pursue a whole lot of worthless job searching techniques that most unemployed people don’t find useful.

And on job-search workshops and seminars: It also marks the point where Ehrenreich stops ehrendeich the good pupil – she cannot stomach the anti-semitism, the ‘bowdlerised Christianity leavened with down-home homophobia’.


In some cases, they were high achievers who ran into trouble precisely because they had risen far enough in the company for their salaries to wwitch like a tempting cost cut.

Ehrenreich is an old-time rationalist; facts matter to her and she deploys them with exactitude. After advising his readers to overcome the bitterness and negativity engendered by frequent job loss and to achieve a perpetually sunny outlook, management guru Harvey Mackay notes cryptically that “the nicest, most loyal, and most submissive employees are barbarra the easiest people to fire.

Over the last couple of decades I have been either employed in a ehrenrwich, a government corporation, a switcu government authority or a trade union reacting to the corporate nonsense that is so beautifully discussed in this book.

Henry Holt and Company. She also stresses the obvious, the need for a universal health system.

Book Reviews – Bait and Switch by Barbara Ehrenreich

Even the most perky might quail when exposed to the phenomenon of Christian networking, designed to save your soul and snag a salary. Nov 22, Kathy rated it it was ok.

I am offended by someone of a high class coming on down to mine and then trying to describe it to me. She goes to networking groups that take places in churches – and then rants and raves that the group starts the meeting with prayer.

She would talk about training and education, the commitment needed to get up every day and write a book. Armed with the plausible resume of a professional “in transition,” she attempts to land a “middle-class” job.

She spent a good part of the book being cynical about the many people and places she enlisted to help her in her sear Ehrenreich missed the mark with this book. From a blog post I wrote in Who the fuck is she writing for, anyhow?