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"Loser has evolved into anything but a neutral term, Sandage says, implying that a person is, at best, inadequate and, at worst, a criminal or monster. "The stigma of being a loser is more intense than the aura of being a winner," Sandage says. "A winner is what we all want to be. The problem is not that winners gloat too much or winners take all, even though sometimes they do, but that equating success with being first makes all the rest of us losers, and that's the thing we can't live with."
"In a thought-provoking new book, author Scott Sandage argues failure is an inherent part of the American fabric, and that what failure means today is very different from what it meant generations ago. Tonight, a conversation with Carnegie Mellon University Professor Scott Sandage, author of the new book 'Born Losers.'"
The four-year project stretched to 10 as people who put faith in [Sandage] wondered if he would ever finish the book. 'What if you fail to write your book about failure?' they asked him. 'As I took more and more years to crank this out, I fell into the same traps I write about, calling myself a loser and feeling I wasn't good enough to do this work,' he said.
"Americans hold special scorn for the term "loser," but in a nation that worships success, their stories might say more about the American struggle than the great lions of any age. In this radio diary, history professor Scott Sandage, author of the new book, "Born Losers," tells the rich, revealing tale of the American dream, gone wrong."