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Description - Born Losers by Scott A. Sandage

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 is our national bogeyman, and his history over the past two hundred years reveals the dark side of success, how economic striving reshaped the self and soul of America. "Born Losers" 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674021075
ISBN-10: 067402107X
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 133mm x 23mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 12-May-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Scott A. Sandage

Scott A. Sandage is Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University.