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While I don't agree with everyting Sperber writes, I think his book is very good.
To reduce the argument the way he has is to do the rest of his well developed and insightful criticism a disservice.
Honors colleges don't choose their students at random: they do so by academic merit, both before and during college.
Perhaps one of the best books that I've read in a while. His analysis of college student types is illuminating and certainly spot on, as is his treatment of universities' marketing... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kevin B. Johnson
An in depth account of how big time college sports takes away from undergraduate education. I would highly recommend reading it.Published 3 months ago by rfums2004
I teach critical reading and writing at the university level using a sports theme. Sperberg's introduction pointing out four campus cultures (collegiate, academic, vocational, and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Thanks for the book! I had to have it for a college class and it got here on time and was very useful for the class I was in.Published 21 months ago by Tucker Sargent
Here's one of the funniest anecdotes from "Beer and Circus." It's actually a Jimmy John advertisement, written by a witty undergraduate at an American college town:
Q:... Read more
Are you angry about college sports scandals? The money, parties, prostitutes, expensive toys, the use of tutors for writing papers for some athletes? Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by Torleif Sorenson
Sperber gives us a familiar litany, but it is no less depressing for being familiar: undergraduates engage in binge drinking, don't attend class, and love sports; faculty spend... Read morePublished on February 27, 2011 by Arthur Digbee
Professor Murray Sperber presents a critique of giant, public, Research I/Division I universities, particularly of the low quality of education that many of their undergraduates... Read morePublished on February 5, 2011 by Fred Ringwald
As a faculty member at a school (the University of South Alabama) that recently decided to field a Division I football team, I read Beer & Circus with some interest. Read morePublished on February 13, 2008 by stoic