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Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Rd Palo Alto, CA 94303
650-329-2418
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3.3 / 5 Rated by 3 members
Review from Goldstar Member
3 events 1 review

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...continued

reviewed Oct 24 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from jim rauh
19 events 13 reviews

This was my first Commonwealth event and tho I enjoyed it, there was definite room for improvement. Ms Ehrenreich is a compelling character but I wish she could have fleshed out her ideas further. It seemed (tho I haven't read her recent book)...continued

reviewed Oct 24 2009 report as inappropriate
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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.

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