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The Resource Born losers : a history of failure in America, Scott A. Sandage, (electronic resource)

Born losers : a history of failure in America, Scott A. Sandage, (electronic resource)

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Born losers : a history of failure in America
Title
Born losers
Title remainder
a history of failure in America
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Scott A. Sandage
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History of failure in America
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Language
eng
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Sandage, Scott A
LC call number
HN90.M6
LC item number
S25 2005eb
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  • Social values
  • Losers
  • Failure (Psychology)
  • Capitalism
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Stigma (Social psychology)
  • Social status
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  • This 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
  • 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, Scott Sandage explores how failure evolved from a business loss into a personality deficit, from a career setback to a gauge of our self-worth. From hundreds of private diaries, family letters, business records, and even early credit reports, Sandage reconstructs the dramas of real-life Willy Lomans. He unearths their confessions and denials, foolish hopes and lost faith, sticking places and changing times. Dreamers, suckers, and nobodies come to life in the major scenes of American history, like the Civil War and the approach of big business, showing how the national quest for success remade the individual ordeal of failure. 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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Born losers : a history of failure in America, Scott A. Sandage, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Note
"Born losers began as as a 1995 doctoral dissertation at Rutgers University"
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-341) and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000113985
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unknown
Isbn
9780674015104
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
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remote
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(WaSeSS)bookssj0000113985
Label
Born losers : a history of failure in America, Scott A. Sandage, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
"Born losers began as as a 1995 doctoral dissertation at Rutgers University"
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-341) and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000113985
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780674015104
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0000113985

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