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  • Published: 4 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473589148
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

The Inequality Machine

How universities are creating a more unequal world - and what to do about it




A damning exposé of how the university system ingrains privilege and injustice at every level of American society.

We're told that universities are our greatest driver of social mobility. But it's a lie.

The Inequality Machine is a damning exposé of how the university system ingrains 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.

  • Published: 4 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473589148
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

About the author

Paul Tough

Paul Tough is the author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America and the author of a series of acclaimed articles on character and childhood in the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker. He is a contributing editor to the New York Times Magazine and a frequent contributor to the public-radio program This American Life. He lives with his wife and son in New York.

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