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The Diversity Hoax: Law Students Report from Berkeley Paperback – April, 1999

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"The Diversity Hoax is required reading for anyone concerned about legal education in America. These intriguing essays show how the illiberal orthodoxy of "political correctness" is stifling debate at an institution that should be an open marketplace of ideas. By describing the problem so clearly and candidly, this excellent book may be the beginning of its resolution." -- Edwin Meese, III former U.S. Attorney General, Boalt Hall Alumnus

"A frightening look at how the left wing thought-police have invaded one of America's most prestigious law schools." -- David Horowitz, author of Radical Son and The Politics of Bad Faith

"David Wienir and Marc Berley are to be congratulated both for their principles and this illuminating book. They believe in true diversity of ideas, including those that disagree with the main premise of this extraordinary collection. An indispensable follow-up to The Shadow University, The Diversity Hoax bears moral witness to a scandal of immense proportions: freedom of speech and conscience are being trampled at American college and university campuses. Bravo for an essential job well done!" -- Harvey A. Silverglate, co-author with Alan Charles Kors of The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses

"David Wienir, Marc Berley, and the contributors to The Diversity Hoax are profiles in courage." -- Dennis Prager, author of Think a Second Time and Happiness Is a Serious Problem, syndicated radio talk show host (KABC)

"The publication of The Diversity Hoax shows students aren't going to acquiesce to such tactics anymore." -- Forbes

"This fascinating and powerful collection of thoughtful young voices is eye-opening even to those versed in the machinations of diversity in higher education. It is a book of experiences more than abstractions, and it opens us to the inner lives of those usually too young and too busy to speak for themselves. I was disturbed and yet also moved as I read the stories of people so young already fighting so hard for their integrity. No one can read this book without admiration for its writers and horror at the situation they find themselves in. There is no other book like it." -- Shelby Steele, author of The Content of Our Character and A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America

"Vital...insiders' perspective on the culture wars." -- Boston Book Review

About the Author

David Wienir is a second-year student at University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Marc Berley is president of the Foundation for Academic Standards & Tradition (FAST), a not-for-profit student organization.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Foundation for Academic Standards & Tradition (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966994000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966994001
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,596,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Wienir is a talent lawyer, author and business affairs executive at United Talent Agency. Before UTA, he practiced law at two of the top transactional talent boutiques - Grubman Indursky & Shire in New York and Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown in Beverly Hills - where he represented many A List clients and celebrities, including Spielberg and Madonna. He was also a First Amendment lawyer in New York with the 150+ year old international law firm Coudert Brothers. He has been awarded the "Outstanding Volunteer Award" from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, named a Rising Star in 2009 and 2010 by Super Lawyers Magazine, and named to Variety's 2014 Legal Impact Report. He is the author of several acclaimed books including "Making It on Broadway" (foreword by Jason Alexander). His first book "Last Time" was co-authored at the age of 23 with a member of British Parliament.

He has taught entertainment law for 10+ years, including at NYU and UCLA, and is the founder of the premier online entertainment law class Entertainment Law Exposed. He was educated at Columbia, Oxford, The London School of Economics and UC Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall), and is admitted to practice law in New York and California.

Before beginning his career as an entertainment lawyer, he was the host of the talk radio show "Estonia Today" on Estonia National Radio, worked within the Governor of California's legal affairs office, and worked for the LA District Attorney's office during the Menendez murder trial. Also, he worked as a speechwriter and staff member for a Member of British Parliament, as a researcher for The Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, and as a statistician for CBS Sports. He is a graduate of ARTA's professional whitewater river rafting school in Idaho and guided river trips for several years in California and Oregon, and is a founder and the first musical director of "The Oxford Alternotives", Oxford University's oldest a cappella close harmony group.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By smarmer on May 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
It must have taken a lot of courage for David Wienir and his contributors to bare their stories before the eyes of their fellow students and administration at Boalt Hall. You can read it in the writing style contained in these essays. Many of the students are tentative, defensive, overly careful in their prose and in their choice of words. It is possible to infer much anguish in the authors of these chapters.
Recently there have been some exposes of the direction our elite universities have taken. The Shadow University, by Kors and Silverglate; The Killing of History, by Windschuttle; Beyond All Reason, by Farber and Sherry; Literature Lost, by Ellis; and Fashionable Nonsense, by Sokal and Bricmont each seeks to expose the destructive trends of thought control in places formerly dedicated to the pursuit of truth above that of political correctness. David Wienir's book is the first account I know of coming directly from the students' point of view. As such it presents a tragic picture of the decline of a once great institution.
I was an undergraduate at Berkeley during the early sixties. What the students fought for in those heady days is a bygone dream overtaken by anti-intellectual tactics. Read the reviews in Amazon carefully. And read this book to decide for yourself.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 1999
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As a Boalt Hall law school graduate from the mid-1980s, I enjoyed reading this book.
One of the more interesting facts about The Diversity Hoax is external to it--namely:
You can't find it at the Berkeley Public Library.
You can't find it at the Oakland Public Library.
And you can't find it at the San Francisco Public Library.
To the Boalt Hall law library's credit, however, you can find it there.
I do not know, of course, whether the public libraries' failure to carry The Diversity Hoax stems from political correctness or is an oversight. In any case, it's unfortunate, because many of the student essays are thoughtful and interesting.
The least persuasive essays are those that complain about fear of being silenced for having conservative views. If one fears speaking out at a genteel place like Boalt, it's going to be hard to do so in the hard-boiled environments many lawyers occupy. When I attended Boalt, it was quite p.c., but overall the environment was polite. Reading the essays as a whole, it doesn't sound as though much has changed--some essays suggest or observe that differently minded students are able to speak out. It helps that the faculty is fairly conservative.
The most persuasive essays are those that describe the narrow-mindedness of some liberal or leftist students and the contradictions in their own points of view. To those who have been made uncomfortable by those students' intolerance or rudeness, I can offer this consolation: you'll eventually have the satisfaction of witnessing a notable display of hypocrisy, as some of the most self-righteous bitter pills in your class meekly accept work defending toxic-waste dumpers and the like.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jacob L.(Jacobini@aol.com) on May 31, 1999
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Wienir and Berley's "Diversity Hoax" provides a disheartening glimpse into the state of American higher education. It illustrates the hyperbole and closed mindedness that passes for free thought and reasoned discourse at Berkeley. But more importantly, "The Diversity Hoax" exposes the current gilded notion of "diversity" for what it is. Berkeley students, professors, and administration evidently celebrate diversity of skin while shunning diversity of thought. Currently a senior in high school and aspiring lawyer, I will soon face the seemingly Sisyphian task of standing up to the radical liberalism so prevalent on college campuses. I only hope that I will have the same courage as Wienir and Berley to speak my mind and fight for true diversity.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 1999
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A lucid, well-written and concise exploration into the styfling intellectual environment at one of America's top law schools, UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall. These student-written essays--in which many of the authors self-identify as liberals--are replete with anecdotal and factually verifiable stories of the systematic oppression of free speech which ironically takes place at the epicenter of the free speech movement of the 1960s, UC Berkeley. These essays not only expose the slanderous tactics of the student left, but also advocate a more modern and progressive concept of "diversity," one in which ideas are adjudged based on their content regardless of the speaker's skin tone.
A must read.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 2000
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I read the book straight through -- just couldn't put it down. While I agree with some of the criticism that the writing is unpolished and unprofessional, I found that overall the collection gives outsiders important insight into the state of education today-- particularly in California after Proposition 209. For the benefit of prospective readers who may be put off the book by the arrogant review by "kanandume" on April 29, 1999, I would like to offer a few remarks. This review is evidence of what so many of the essayists in "Diversity Hoax" complain about. As is so common with hyper-postmodernists, this person assumes that if somebody doesn't agree with the position of the left, then they must just be dumb; that if the essayists do not agree with affirmative action, then they are dualists, and are simply missing the truth that all enlightened beings have come to know (through their great mystic father Derrida and his crew) that "meanings and values are contextually contructed". Well, of course, not everyone believes that meanings and values are ONLY contextually contructed. I believe that any value I hold is informed by my cultural and historical position, but I also believe that there are certain values that are trans-historical and precede culture. And, in contrast to this reviewer's charge that the essayists are unable to transcend their dualisms (because they're so dumb) and hence fail to see that they can choose the best from among multiple alternatives, I believe that most of the writers in the book give evidence that they examined the alternatives and simply do not find affirmative action to be the best answer to the problem of "minority" underrepresentation at Boalt.Read more ›
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