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4000 Middlefield Rd Palo Alto, CA 94303
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Author Barbara Ehrenreich
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attended Oct 24 2009

It was okay... I submitted a question early on but it was never brought up. Although most other questions were answered, mmnnnnnn.... Just a repeat of the book. Was hoping for more detail on the subject matter. Glad I didn't pay full...continued

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attended Oct 24 2009

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

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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.

About the Ticket Supplier: Commonwealth Club

The 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.