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How The Rich Really Play, "Who Wants To Be An Ivy Leaguer?"

By Daniel Golden/ProPublica

My 2006 book, The Price of Admission: How America's Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges - and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates, was intended as a work of investigative journalism.

But many of its more affluent readers embraced it as a "how-to" guide. For years afterward, they inundated me with questions like, "How much do I have to donate to get my son (or daughter) into Harvard (or Yale, or Stanford)?" Some even offered me significant sums, which I declined, to serve as an admissions consultant.

They may have been motivated by a tale I told in the book about a youth whose admission to Harvard appears to have been cemented by a $2.5 million pledge from his wealthy developer father.

The then-obscure Harvardian would later vault to prominence in public life; his name was Jared Kushner.

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Posted on March 13, 2019

History Club

A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
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Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

How The Rich Really Play, "Who Wants To Be An Ivy Leaguer?"

By Daniel Golden/ProPublica
My book was intended as a work of investigative journalism. Instead, many affluent readers took it as a how-to guide.

Posted on March 13, 2019

Insubordination And Impeachment

By Joshua Matz and Laurence Tribe/TakeCare
If Trump's abusive orders to senior officials were actually implemented as policy, they would support multiple articles of impeachment. The widespread practice of ignoring his tweets, statements, and even direct commands - or treating them as merely advisory - has thus saved Trump from potentially dire political consequences.

Posted on March 5, 2019

Living And Dying On The Factory Floor

By PM Press
Factory life includes stints at a machine shop, a shortening factory, a railroad car factory, a structural steel shop, a box factory, a chemical plant, and a paper cup factory. Along the way there is a wildcat strike, an immigration raid, shop-floor actions protesting supervisor abuses, serious injuries, a failed effort to unionize, and a murder.

Posted on February 21, 2019

The Gospel according to Wild Indigo

By SIU Press
A timeless and beguiling feast of language that fuses together history, memory, and family.

Posted on February 20, 2019

Story Club South Side Presents Close-Knit

By The South Side Story Club
In the frosty cold of Chicago's ice-hell, let's hear stories about how people got close, were always close, or just how to crochet a really good sweater.

Posted on February 12, 2019

Rhetoric And Demagoguery

By SIU Press
In a culture of profit-driven media, demagoguery is a savvy short-term rhetorical strategy.

Posted on January 25, 2019

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