Born Losers

Born Losers

A History of Failure in America

Book - 2005
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A study of American cultural history brings to life the experiences of forgotten men and women who wrestled with the label and experience of being The Loser in the days when capitalism was building a nation of winners.
Publisher: Cambridge, Ma : Harvard University Press, 2005
ISBN: 9780674015104
067401510X
Branch Call Number: 303.372 S213b 2005
Characteristics: x, 362 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: History of failure in America

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danielestes
Mar 19, 2012

My expectations for this book were high and the results were underwhelming. I looked forward to revisting American history through the eyes of pioneering merchants trying to carve out a living in the ruthless boom and bust world of frontier business. The idea that America was built from sweat, mistakes and failed attempts appealed to me.

The author attempts to weave this narrative but the book gets bogged down by dense language, disjointed citations and historical examples that are, frankly, not that interesting.

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