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Smile or Die: How positive thinking fooled America and the world


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A surprisingly dysfunctional cult of optimism sprung up around breast cancer in the 1990s. Barbara Erenreich wrote about it brilliantly for Harper’s way back 2001, eventually leading to her amazing book, Smile or Die (“Bright-sided” in the US: “How How Positive Thinking is Undermining America”).


item type
a book
author
Barbara Ehrenreich
link
http://www.barbaraehrenreich.com/cancerland.htm
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publisher
Granta
year
2009

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