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Crazy U: One Dad's Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College by [Ferguson, Andrew]
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Ferguson (Land of Lincoln), an editor at the Weekly Standard, chronicles his son's journey to getting accepted into college in this humorous memoir. Ferguson, an overwhelmed and underprepared parent, shows off his wit and research skills as he tries to make sense of a serpentine system that has him debating if he needs to hire his own ,000-a-year college admission counselor. From there, Ferguson discusses everything from what lengths schools will go to rate highly in the U.S. News & World Report college rankings guide to an outline of the "history of American higher education." In all this digging, Ferguson finds the many "claims for and against" the SATs, how the skyrocketing cost of college is creating its own education bubble, and that "two out of every three" freshman openings are filled before a "general" applicant even gets considered. Still, despite the funny moment like his disastrous retake of the SATs, it isn't till the book's final chapters, when the author starts to connect with his son, that it becomes apparent what they truly learned together on their quest for higher education. (Mar.)
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“A hilarious narrative and an incisive guide to the college admissions process.”
—Steven Levingston, The Washington Post

“This is an affectionate, affecting account, and . . . it may help you figure out how to keep your sanity in a process that lacks it entirely.”
—David M. Schribman, The Boston Globe

“A laugh-until-your-ribs-squeak book.”
—George Will

“[Ferguson’s] got a big, beating heart, but he tucks it behind a dry prose style that owes a little bit to Mark Twain and Tom Wolfe . . . [Crazy U] is a calm, amusing, low-key meditation on a subject that is anything but calm, amusing, or low key.”
—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“Compulsively readable, unusually vivid . . . The most darkly humorous aspect of this often hilarious book is its depiction of an admissions process that corrupts everything it touches.”
—Daniel Akst, The Wall Street Journal

“In Crazy U, Ferguson is at his dazzling best, using humor and narrative as portals to very serious subjects. The book is both a hilarious chronicle of his 18-month ordeal helping his not-always-cooperative son apply to college and a devastating exposé of the buying and selling of higher education in America.”
—Christina Hoff Summers, National Review


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  • File Size: 1756 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UYUS00
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,431 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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