For one month, I became the "micro-entrepreneur" touted by companies like TaskRabbit, Postmates, and Airbnb. Instead of the labor revolution I had been promised, all I found was hard work, low pay, and a system that puts workers at a disadvantage.
This book could be nick-named "The Hangover." Journalist and social critic Barbara Ehrenreich saw America binge on the power of positive thinking, and now tries to piece together what the hell happened. In the process, she dissects our obsession with deluded optimism and how it has been sold as a palliative to everyone from breast-cancer victims to white-collar workers.
Our August issue of Readers Choice pits "Nickel and Dimed" author Barbara Ehrenreich's new book on getting whitewashed in the out-of-work, white-collar world, "Bait and Switch," against "Social Intelligence," a book on boosting your social skills in the name of a better career, and "Integrity Service," which looks at improving your company's customer service through employee incentives (and more).