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Bait and Switch by Barbara Ehrenreich
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Aug 31, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: not-recommended, biography-autobiography-memoir

Not recommended because it’s not really worth the time for most to read it. In this book, Ehrenreich pretends to be newly unemployed and looking for a middle level executive job. It traces her unsuccessful quest to secure employment and the many avenues open to people who are in her (pretend) position. The focus of the book comes when she goes to employment specialists and seminars that purport to help groom and hone such people and to help them in their search and exposes them for the exploitive or deluded schemes they really are. The book reveals the desperate futility of those jettisoned in mid career by the trend of heartless American contemporary business practices, where executives draw higher and higher wages for “downsizing” their companies, pushing more and more work onto fewer and fewer stressed workers. Besides being depressing, the book doesn’t live up to expectations (that she will get work and show the challenges of people in that kind of job.)

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