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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the final word but still worth a read..., 17 Jun. 2011
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This review is from: Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World (Paperback)
Overall a good work, if not as revelatory as Nickel and Dimed. Sometimes, Ehrenreich states the obvious - the corporitization of religion, how the corporate sector has taken on the mantle of the new church and the rise of the self-help industry - but she still uncovers some eye-opening facts. The chapter on the origins of positive thinking via Dutch Calvinism and thinkers such as Emerson was particularly interesting.

Ehrenreich, by taking a deliberatly provocative stance, sometimes overstatates her case. And for non-US readers, some of the facts may either lack relevance or be lost in translation. But in the end, this is a wake up call worth writing and reading about and a good assembly of facts about why "positive thinking" has done the opposite of what it claims to do and harmed America spiritually, economically and morally.
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