I Can't Believe She Did That!: Why Women Betray Other Women at Work

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The massive influx of women into the workplace in the past thirty years means a whole new category of problems has arisen among women at work. Suddenly, women are working over, under, and alongside other women. Women on the job have grown more comfortable with ambition, competition, and success, but that hasn't negated the value they place on communication and relationships―on being liked and being nice.

In this provocative social and cultural exploration of the often troubled and painful dynamics that unfold among women at work, Nan Mooney explores how and why some women hurt each other on the job, and what we can do to begin cleaning up the mess.

I Can't Believe She Did That! provides vivid insights on the emotional toll competition can take on working women and charts a path towards more productive and fulfilling relationships for professional women everywhere.

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About the Author:

Nan Mooney grew up in Seattle and graduated from Scripps College in California. Her work has appeared in, among others, The Washington Post, Women's eNews, Slate.com, Seattle Weekly and The Blood-Horse. She is the author of My Racing Heart: The Passionate World of Thoroughbreds and the Track. She lives in New York City.


“Nan Mooney's I Can't Believe She Did That! is unafraid to focus productively upon the ‘dark' or often hidden side of sisterhood in the workplace...Read this book. It will help you in your relationships with other women, both at work and everywhere else.” ―Phyllis Chesler, Ph.D. author of Woman's Inhumanity to Woman and The Death of Feminism: What's Next in the Struggle for Women's Freedom

“Ms Mooney has done well to write a book on such an un-PC topic.... the book has made me examine my own feelings and what I find there is ugly.” ―Lucy Kellaway, The Financial Times

“(Mooney) pens an insightful "real life" look at workplace competition between women and offers some suggestions to minimize the damage hat such in-fighting often produces.” ―The Seattle Post Intelligencer

“It was with professional enthusiasm that I greeted Nan Mooney's, "I Can't Believe She Did That! Why Women Betray Other Women at Work," a new book that begins to lift the lid on this problem.” ―Susan O’Brien, The Boston Herald

“Mooney's book acts as a 260-page reality check for working women.” ―The Journal News

“As I leafed through Mooney's book, I found myself recognizing situations she described.... Mooney also found that workplace experts she approached were loath to talk about the subject. They liked to talk about glass ceilings and conflicts between genders and how middle-aged white men were getting in the way of their careers. But the conversation stopped when probed about women-women relationships.” ―Margarita Bauza, Detroit Free Press

“No one has taught us women how to interact with each other in the competitive world of office politics, and as a result we often botch things up. But thanks to Nan Mooney's thoughtful guidance, we can become comfortable with conflict and competition in our professional relationships...so that we can all succeed with grace and without guilt.” ―Leora Tanenbaum, author of Catfight: Rivalries Among Women

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