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Bait and Switch - The Futile Pursuit of the American Dream

Barbara Ehrenreich

The bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed goes back undercover to do for America's ailing middle class what she did for the working poor. Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed explored the lives of low-wage workers. Now, in BAIT AND SWITCH, she enters another hidden realm of the economy-the world of the white-collar unemployed. Armed with a plausible resume of a professional "in transition," attempts to land a "middle class job" undergoing career coaching and personality testing, then begins trawling a series of EST-like "boot camps," job fairs, "networking events," and evangelical job-search "ministries." She gets an "image makeover" to prepare her for the corporate world and works hard to project the "winning attitude" recommended for a successful job search. She is proselytized, scammed, lectured and, again and again, rejected. BAIT AND SWITCH highlights the people who've done everything right-gotten college degrees, developed marketable skills, and built up impressive resumes-yet have become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster and not simply due to the vagaries of the business cycle. Today's ultra-lean corporations take pride in shedding their "surplus" employees-plunging them, for months or years at a stretch, into the twilight zone of white-collar unemployment, where job-searching becomes a full-time job in itself. As Ehrenreich discovers, there are few social supports for the new disposable workers-and little security even for those who have jobs. Like the now classic Nickel and Dimed, BAIT AND SWITCH is alternately hilarious and tragic, a searing expose of economic cruelty where we least expect it.

The bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed goes back undercover to do for America's ailing middle class what she did for the working poor. Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed explored the lives of low-wage workers. Now, in BAIT AND SWITCH, she enters another hidden realm of the economy-the world of the white-collar unemployed. Armed with a plausible resume of a professional "in transition," attempts to land a "middle class job" undergoing career coaching and personality testing, then begins trawling a series of EST-like "boot camps," job fairs, "networking events," and evangelical job-search "ministries." She gets an "image makeover" to prepare her for the corporate world and works hard to project the "winning attitude" recommended for a successful job search. She is proselytized, scammed, lectured and, again and again, rejected. BAIT AND SWITCH highlights the people who've done everything right-gotten college degrees, developed marketable skills, and built up impressive resumes-yet have become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster and not simply due to the vagaries of the business cycle. Today's ultra-lean corporations take pride in shedding their "surplus" employees-plunging them, for months or years at a stretch, into the twilight zone of white-collar unemployment, where job-searching becomes a full-time job in itself. As Ehrenreich discovers, there are few social supports for the new disposable workers-and little security even for those who have jobs. Like the now classic Nickel and Dimed, BAIT AND SWITCH is alternately hilarious and tragic, a searing expose of economic cruelty where we least expect it.
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The bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed goes back undercover to do for America's ailing middle class what she did for the working poor. Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed explored the lives of low-wage workers. Now, in BAIT AND SWITCH, she enters another hidden realm of the economy-the world of the white-collar unemployed. Armed with a plausible resume of a professional "in transition," attempts to land a "middle class job" undergoing career coaching and personality testing, then begins trawling a series of EST-like "boot camps," job fairs, "networking events," and evangelical job-search "ministries." She gets an "image makeover" to prepare her for the corporate world and works hard to project the "winning attitude" recommended for a successful job search. She is proselytized, scammed, lectured and, again and again, rejected. BAIT AND SWITCH highlights the people who've done everything right-gotten college degrees, developed marketable skills, and built up impressive resumes-yet have become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster and not simply due to the vagaries of the business cycle. Today's ultra-lean corporations take pride in shedding their "surplus" employees-plunging them, for months or years at a stretch, into the twilight zone of white-collar unemployment, where job-searching becomes a full-time job in itself. As Ehrenreich discovers, there are few social supports for the new disposable workers-and little security even for those who have jobs. Like the now classic Nickel and Dimed, BAIT AND SWITCH is alternately hilarious and tragic, a searing expose of economic cruelty where we least expect it.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Anne Twomey

Length:

6h 52m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:47


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:55


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:31


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:35


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:06


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:06


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:04


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:12


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:46


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:44


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:51


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:24


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:21


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:09


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:40


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:45


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:25


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:41


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:45


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:51


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:02


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:06


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:14


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:14


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:49


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:45


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:40


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:33


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:31


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:16


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:38


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:14


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:04


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:14


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:43


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:51


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:36


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:46


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:49


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:39


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:52


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:00


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:39


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:53


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:26


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:19


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:11


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:53


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:47


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:28


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:53


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:40


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:19


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:47


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:16


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:22


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:19


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:10