- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press (8 Feb. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067401510X
- ISBN-13: 978-0674015104
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.2 x 21 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,778,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Born Losers: A History of Failure in America Hardcover – 8 Feb 2005
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"Presents a convincing argument and is winningly alive to literary parallels." -- Daily Telegraph, March 19, 2005
'A splendid book.' -- London Review of Books, May 19, 2005
'An elegantly written, carefully crafted account... The entire book is a pleasure for anyone to read.' -- THES, 16 June 2006
About the Author
Scott A. Sandage is Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Sandage collections numerous historical accounts that demonstrate how every generation of Americans has experienced the same feeling of being caught in a game they can't win. The enormous number of lives wasted and destroyed chasing after "success" is quite depressing. One would hope we could learn something from the past. This book can be a start.
But this is a colorful, even rollicking at times book, anything but programmatic or dry. One chapter, for example, deals with the literary genre of begging letters sent to John D. Rockefeller. I was stimulated and entertained. This may be a book I'll want to reread at some point.