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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Assouline (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1614280096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614280095
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Daniel Cappello is a writer and editor who has worked on the editorial staffs of George, The New Yorker, and Quest magazines. He is also the founder of 47 Ventures, a creative consulting firm that handles clients in media, politics, design, philanthropy, fashion, and the arts. He received his BA degree in government from Harvard University.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on November 26, 2012
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It may be true, as Daniel Cappello notes in the introduction to this attractive and useful book, that "schools outside the Ivy League, including the so-called 'Ivy Plus' universities (such as Stanford, Duke, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Chicago), actually provide a more rigorous scholastic experience than their Ivy counterparts." Nevertheless, the Ivy League, he argues, retains "an unquantifiable distinction factor that eludes empirical educational value and worth. ... To some extent, the old-school idea of the Ivy League continues to define it, and is one that Ivy Leaguers still cling to. It is also one that looms large in the popular imagination." It's this "old-school idea," the "unquantifiable distinction factor," that Cappello attempts to define for the Ivy League colleges. He paints what struck me, as admitted outsider who's paid but brief visits to only three of these campuses, as fine individual portraits of eight very different schools, yet also shows what they have in common -- what sets "what might be seen as one of the most successful and singularly American brands" apart from other schools.

Cappello starts with the Big Three: Harvard ("the Ivy's Ivy"), Yale ("the classic Ivy"), and Princeton ("the preppy Ivy"). He then moves on to Brown ("the hip Ivy"), Dartmouth ("the rugged Ivy"), Columbia ("the urbane Ivy"), Penn ("the entrepreneurial Ivy"), and finally Cornell ("the Ivy for every man"). Each chapter is colorfully illustrated with an assortment of historic and contemporary images, including campus landscapes, portraits of alumni and current students, and classic athletic programs. His text not only describes each school's history, but also its current character and distinctiveness.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Ernst on September 3, 2013
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is a brief treatment of each of the Ivy League schools that focuses on each school's distinctive qualities. My alma mater (Pennsylvania) is often either overlooked or ill-regarded due to the dominance of its professional schools, so it was nice to see a fair treatment of Penn that praised the University for her unique qualities. This book is well-written and contains some beautiful photographs. I would highly recommend Mr. Cappello's book to any Ivy League alumnus.
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By Maven on September 20, 2014
Great product. As expected.
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By Elaine Reisman on August 26, 2014
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