Paul Tough

The Inequality Machine
  • The Inequality Machine

  • 'Indelible and extraordinary, a powerful reckoning with just how far we've allowed reality to drift from our ideals.' Tara Westover (author of Educated), New York Times Book Review
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    We're told that universities are our greatest drivers of social mobility. But it's a lie.

    The Inequality Machine is a damning exposé of how the university system ingrains privilege and injustice at every level of American society.

    Paul Tough, bestselling author of How Children Succeed, exposes a world where small-town colleges go bust, while the most prestigious raise billions every year; where overstretched admissions officers are forced to pick rich candidates over smart ones; where black and working-class students are left to sink or swim on uncaring campuses. Along the way, he uncovers cutting-edge research from the academics leading the way to a new kind of university - one where students succeed not because of their background, but because of the quality of their minds.

    The result is a call-to-arms for universities that work for everyone, and a manual for how we can make it happen.
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    'Humanizes the process of higher education . . . Fascinating stories about efforts to remediate class disparities in higher education' New Yorker

    'A comprehensive, moving account of the inequalities that block many poor, minority and first-generation students from realizing the benefits of a college education' Forbes

Paul Tough’s previous book, How Children Succeed, spent more than a year on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists and was translated into 27 languages. He is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and a regular contributor to the public-radio programme This American Life. You can learn more about his work at paultough.com and follow him on Twitter: @paultough.


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