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4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed, documented, dry, April 12, 2008
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This review is from: The Price of Admission: How America's Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges--and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates (Paperback)
This book is a must-read for anyone interested in college admissions and egalitarianism. While I do disagree with part of the premise (and certainly, this book is much more a dry work of investigative journalism than an enjoyable expose), Golden lays out, with extreme detail, the case that colleges spend far too many spots making money from donors rather than sourcing the best scholars. That said, while the process can be egregious when taken to an extreme (as Golden implies but shows few statistics for), one can easily envision why for reputational and monetary reasons, elite universities hope to attract the daughters and sons of the famous and well-connected. The information it contains on certain individual applicants is amazing.
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