The New York Times calls Barbara Ehrenreich “our premier reporter of the underside of Capitalism”. Recent books have seen her go undercover to find a job in America’s corporate sector and work in low-wage America, busting the myth of the American dream. She now looks at positive thinking – formerly a marginal 19th century healing technique, which is now seen as the key to success and prosperity.
Ehrenreich exposes the downside of the science of happiness which leads to self-blame, a morbid preoccupation with stamping out ‘negative’ thoughts and, on a national level, created an era of irrational optimism. Ehrenreich attacks conventional wisdom and faux science, and calls for clarity and courage.
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Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of thirteen books including Nickel & Dimed: Undercover in Low-Wage USA. She is a frequent contributor to Time, Harper’s, The Progressive, The Nation, the New York Times Magazine and the Guardian, and has also written for the Times and the New Statesman. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.
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