Born Losers: A History of Failure in America
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.
From colonial days to the Columbine tragedy,...more
Born Losers is an exquisitely researched tour through the dark side of the American Dream: failure. The author plumbs a treasure trove of historical documents (court documents, letters, diaries and news and fiction) to deconstruct the rags-to-riches story of pulling oneself up by the boot straps to achieve dazzling levels of business success and prosperity. It’s a belief that has fundamentally defined the cultural identity of the “go-ahead” American. As he shows, b ...more
The research is thorough without being tedious, the stories are engaging & personal, and the author imbues their retelling with compassion.
I want to read more history like this.
However, this book was just a very dry and chock full of less than int ...more