Author Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel & Dimed) Speaks in Palo Alto
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I really admire Barbara Ehrenreich's work, but what she had to say was exactly what was in the book. Since I'd already read the book, I felt that I didn't learn much more from hearing her speak. I also find that Commonwealth Club events are fairly overpriced for their short length. It does feel a bit odd to pay to see someone promote a book.
Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of the best-selling Nickel & Dimed and the new Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America.
We’ve been told that positivity is the key to success and prosperity, but Ehrenreich debunks the myths of positive thinking and exposes its ugly downside.
Ehrenreich traces the strange history of positivity in American culture and calls for a return to realism. She discusses how irrational optimism has resulted in disaster, especially in the business community where refusal to consider such negative outcomes – like mortgage defaults – contributed directly to the current economic crisis.
About the Ticket Supplier: Commonwealth ClubThe Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum, presenting over 400 annual events on topics ranging across politics, culture, society and the economy.
Founded in 1903, the Commonwealth Club has played host to a diverse and distinctive array of speakers, from Teddy Roosevelt in 1911 to Erin Brockovich in 2001. Along the way, Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates have all given landmark speeches at the Club.