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  • An eloquent and impassioned book

  • Collini is astute, analytical, and often killingly funny

    Bevis Hillier, Daily Telegraph
  • Collini is that rare bird, a don who can be read with pleasure

    Michael Barber, Tablet, Books of the Year
  • One of Britain's finest essayists and writers

    Ronan McDonald, The Times Higher Education Supplement
  • [A] timely lecture for the coalition of dunces ... this is a closely argued defence

    Independent on Sunday
  • The book is a bit like some university courses. It is erudite, well argued, carefully researched, a fine addition to the debate about the purpose of university education

  • [Collini is] stern and splendid in his brief history of the hot debate on useful versus useless knowledge

    Fred Inglis, Times Higher Education
  • It is extremely well written: Collini's prose is lively, well-reasoned and persuasive. The book is a refreshing example of a faculty member engaging with the wider issues of higher education rather than perceiving them through the narrow prism of his own discipline ... a valuable, timely contribution to the discourse

    Gerry Wrixon, Irish Examiner
  • A critique both pointed and witty

    Howard Newby, Independent
  • Collini writes beautifully

    Chris Patten, Financial Times

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