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It Takes a School: The Extraordinary Story of an American School in the World's #1 Failed State Hardcover – February 7, 2017

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"One man's amazing accomplishment in founding a school amid a series of daunting challenges. It's hard to argue with Starr's impressive results: 'as of May 2016, Abaarso students have earned approximately $15 million in scholarships and financial aid, and the 2016-2017 school year will see almost ninety students studying around the world'...?Starr is proud of his accomplishments, and he deserves to be."?
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About the Author

Jonathan Starr founded and led the private investment firm Flagg Street Capital, worked as an Analyst at SAB Capital and Blavin and Company, and as a Research Associate within the Taxable Bond Division at Fidelity Investments. Using a half million dollars from his personal finances, Starr created the Abaarso School in 2009. His work in Somaliland has been written about in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CNN, and the Christian Science Monitor.

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  • Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
  • Hardcover : 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1250113466
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1250113467
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Co. (February 7, 2017)
  • Product Dimensions : 6.49 x 0.99 x 9.41 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38 ratings
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