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The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges—and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates


reviewed by Joseph A. Soares — May 14, 2007

coverTitle: The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges—and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates
Author(s): Daniel Golden
Publisher: Crown Publishers,
ISBN: 1400097967, Pages: 336, Year: 2006
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When a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) produces an exposé of “corrupt admissions practices that favor the wealthy, the powerful and the famous” (from the front flap) at America’s elite colleges, one may assume that a strong fragrance is already wafting in from the proverbial fan. Daniel Golden, Deputy Bureau Chief in Boston for the WSJ, and a Harvard graduate, has written a magnificent page-turner with enough hard facts and individual testimonials to impress even a “strict scrutiny” Justice on the Supreme Court that affirmative action for privileged families is alive at highly prestigious private colleges. The WSJ does not normally employ radical social critics, and Golden is no exception in that regard. As a hardworking journalist, living by his wits and will power, he is naturally appalled by the perks given to academically weak members of privileged families. Golden believes in meritocracy, as do most Americans;... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 14, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14483, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 6:13:51 AM

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  • Joseph Soares
    Wake Forest University
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    JOSEPH A. SOARES is Associate Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University. Most recently, Dr. Soares published The Power of Privilege: Yale and America's Elite Colleges (Stanford University Press, 2007). Currently, he is working on the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey to explain leisure patterns in America.
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