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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(203mm x 133mm x 23mm)
Harvard University Press
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Author Biography - Scott A. Sandage
Scott A. Sandage is Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University.