Bright-sided : how the relentless promotion of positive thinking has undermined America
(Audiobook on CD)

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Contributors:
Reading, Kate, Narrator
Published:
[New York, N.Y.] : Macmillan Audio, [2009].
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Aurora Hills Audiovisual
CD 155.232 EHREN
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A sharp-witted knockdown of America’s love affair with positive thinking and an urgent call for a new commitment to realism

Americans are a “positive” people—cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: this is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive, we are told, is the key to success and prosperity.

In this utterly original take on the American frame of mind, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the strange career of our sunny outlook from its origins as a marginal nineteenth-century healing technique to its enshrinement as a dominant, almost mandatory, cultural attitude. Evangelical mega-churches preach the good news that you only have to want something to get it, because God wants to “prosper” you. The medical profession prescribes positive thinking for its presumed health benefits. Academia has made room for new departments of “positive psychology” and the “science of happiness.” Nowhere, though, has bright-siding taken firmer root than within the business community, where, as Ehrenreich shows, the refusal even to consider negative outcomes—like mortgage defaults—contributed directly to the current economic crisis.

With the mythbusting powers for which she is acclaimed, Ehrenreich exposes the downside of America’s penchant for positive thinking: On a personal level, it leads to self-blame and a morbid preoccupation with stamping out “negative” thoughts. On a national level, it’s brought us an era of irrational optimism resulting in disaster. This is Ehrenreich at her provocative best—poking holes in conventional wisdom and faux science, and ending with a call for existential clarity and courage.

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Audiobook on CD
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Unabridged.
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6 audio discs (8 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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English
ISBN:
1427208360, 9781427208361
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9781427208361

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Duration: 6:30:00.
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Read by Kate Reading.
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Barbara Ehrenreich presents a scathing critique on America's culture of optimism. Here, she reveals how Evangelicalism and health care is unwittingly undermining American potential and growth by offering hope to the public.
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Ehrenreich, B., & Reading, K. (2009). Bright-sided: how the relentless promotion of positive thinking has undermined America. Unabridged. [New York, N.Y.]: Macmillan Audio.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Ehrenreich, Barbara and Kate, Reading. 2009. Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America. [New York, N.Y.]: Macmillan Audio.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Ehrenreich, Barbara and Kate, Reading, Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America. [New York, N.Y.]: Macmillan Audio, 2009.

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Ehrenreich, Barbara., and Kate Reading. Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America. Unabridged. [New York, N.Y.]: Macmillan Audio, 2009.

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