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Born Losers: A History of Failure in America by Scott A. Sandage (2006-04-30)

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  • By Philo on June 26, 2013

    This book spends a great deal of time on the nascent business of credit reporting in the 1800s. This was a dawn of the information age, an industry that made its money doing nothing but collecting, indexing, and reporting data. Many passages of these reports are included here, some of which were very literature-like, and quite far from today's condensed FICO-type numbers. There was much room for human error and high-handedness. Plenty of people subjected to having their identities described in accounts outside their control (but for court actions, some successful, some not), thus affecting their creditworthiness, as generated by strangers temporarily poking around town, must have felt a kind of reputational nervousness not unlike common to our times. This book also explores historical narratives of success and failure in the USA, along with some who attempted to reject that paradigm (with Henry David Thoreau springing immediately to mind).

  • By TLR on August 31, 2013

    America has always been a country full of people getting and grabbing, hustling and taking, chasing after their visions of "success." Americans are taught to define their lives by their careers, their bank accounts, the size of their homes and cars. But the reality is that many (perhaps most) Americans are not very successful, and the result is disappointment, shame and disillusionment. A struggling person is expected to blame himself, not the social and economic system he is a part of.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.

  • By Kristopher on March 8, 2017

    People should know that the Kindle version omits every single photo, image, and graphic. We read the one paragraph summary of the image and then a note "To view this photo, please refer to the print edition." I can't say how essential the photos are to the author's thesis because I can't see them. I'm asking for my money back.

  • By ignacio f. on September 7, 2009

    This deals with the usually offstage history of failure and failures, what happens to them, what they have in common -- and how here in America we define ourselves as successful or failed. That is, we define our lives in business terms.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.

  • By Jennifer Gresham on October 17, 2013

    When I started this book, I was really excited. The historical perspective of failure was fascinating. But pretty soon, instead of main points supported by engaging stories, the book devolved into a deep dive about personalities and situations that didn't add much. Tremendous effort was made to reinforce points that didn't need reinforcing, making the excessive detail laborious. I never made it past Chapter 3, which is a shame. That said, I truly enjoyed the first two chapters and made a number of notes. It may well be worth a purchase for those chapters alone or for readers who really enjoy an exhaustive historical thesis.

  • By Charlie W. on July 24, 2016

    Interesting book concerning how differently society viewed men's financial successes and failures in the 1800's.

  • By Paula on July 7, 2015

    A thoughtful book!.

  • By Helen Kimble on August 26, 2013

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although different than expected, I found the development of the credit rating business and changing social context quite fascinating.

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