About this book
Subtitled, "How Positive Thinking Fooled The World". Paperback edition of Ehrenreich's sharp and visceral de-bunking of the culture of positive-thinking, which shows how undue optimism can actually have a negative effect.
Explores the tyranny of positive thinking, and offers a history of how it came to be the dominant mode in the USA. This book argues passionately that the insistence on being cheerful actually leads to a lonely focus inwards, a blaming of oneself for any misfortunes, and thus to political apathy. It reveals the dark side of the nation.