The Inequality Machine by Paul Tough audiobook

The Inequality Machine: How College Divides Us

By Paul Tough
Read by Paul Tough

HarperAudio, HarperAudio 9780544944480


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Runtime: 13.12 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English



A #1 bestseller in College and University Student Life

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

First published as The Years That Matter Most From best-selling author Paul Tough, an indelible and explosive book on the glaring injustices of higher education, including unfair admissions tests, entrenched racial barriers, and crushing student debt. Now updated and expanded for the pandemic era. When higher education works the way it’s supposed to, there is no better tool for social mobility—for lifting young people out of challenging circumstances and into the middle class and beyond. In reality, though, American colleges and universities have become the ultimate tool of social immobility—a system that secures a comfortable future for the children of the wealthy while throwing roadblocks in the way of students from struggling families.   Combining vivid and powerful personal stories with deep, authoritative reporting, Paul Tough explains how we got into this mess and explores the innovative reforms that might get us out. Tough examines the systemic racism that pervades American higher education, shows exactly how the SATs give an unfair advantage to wealthy students, and guides readers from Ivy League seminar rooms to the welding shop at a rural community college. At every stop, he introduces us to young Americans yearning for a better life—and praying that a college education might help them get there.   With a new preface and afterword by the author exposing how the coronavirus pandemic has shaken the higher education system anew.​

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Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A deeply moral guide to understanding the situation of children in our heartless meritocracy. The Years That Matter Most is a great book that should start a necessary conversation about the high cost of the race to the top.” George Packer, New York Times bestselling author
“Indelible and extraordinary, a powerful reckoning with just how far we’ve allowed reality to drift from our ideals.” New York Times Book Review
“Persuasively argues that universities must fulfill the American commitment to equality of opportunity.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Tough clearly shows that college placement remains mostly about wealth at the expense of a collective educational environment.” Kirkus Reviews
“His analyses of data are sound, his portraits of students and teachers sympathetic, his argument neatly structured, and his topic one with wide appeal.” Publishers Weekly
“Forces us to unfold the suffering built into the creases of American higher education.” Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy
“It should be necessary reading for every student, professor, administrator, and trustee in this country interested in what radical revision looks like.” Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy



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Author Bio: Paul Tough

Author Bio: Paul Tough

Paul Tough has written extensively about education, child development, poverty, and politics, including cover stories in the New York Times magazine on character education, the achievement gap, and the Harlem Children’s Zone. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the New Yorker and on the op-ed page of the New York Times.

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Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 13.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English