Far too often in my reading on the topics of diversity and race preferences in higher education, I come across books that are exercises in academic mumbo jumbo or a series of ad hominem attacks between cardboard covers. If we are to move beyond race and racism, what we need are more writers that are interested in bringing clarity to the debate. In this respect, Larry Purdy's book is a breath of fresh air. Purdy counters the arguments of the diversity crowd with clear, concise and convincing language. At the same time, he puts to rest unfair charges that to oppose race preferences is to oppose access to equal opportunity. The book is well researched and well argued. It is also eminently readable and accessible to those at all levels of the debate. This is a book I will display in my library and reference again and again. --Joseph C. Phillips (actor, writer, teacher, syndicated columnist)
There quite simply exists no argument against the diversity fetish in higher education more lucid, readable, and conclusive than Larry Purdy's book. It has been a great help to me in my own work, and should be in the canon of readings on racial preferences. --John H. McWhorter (author and Senior Fellow at The Manhattan Institute)
If our courts share the decency of most Americans, Purdy's well-documented research will move them to rule that ny race-based college admissions criteria cannot stand constitutional muster. --Walter E. Williams (John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, George Mason University)
About the Author
Larry Purdy was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1946. Educated in the Oklahoma public school system, he received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1964. Following his graduation in 1968, he spent the next five years in the Navy including a one year tour in Vietnam. After being honorably discharged from active military duty, he attended William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, graduating in 1977. He has been involved in the private practice of law for the past thirty years. Beginning in 1997, Mr. Purdy served as trial counsel for the plaintiffs in two landmark cases, Grutter and Gratz, decided by the United States Supreme Court in June 2003. In connection with his work on these cases, he made numerous appearances on national television and radio news programs. He also has been a guest lecturer on the subject of race-conscious admissions systems at colleges and universities throughout the country and has appeared before local, state and federal bar associations to discuss the important legal issues raised in the Michigan cases. Mr. Purdy currently practices law in Minneapolis.