Book Reviews of Privilege : Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class

Privilege : Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class
Privilege Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class
Author: Ross Gregory Douthat
ISBN-13: 9781401301125
ISBN-10: 1401301126
Publication Date: 3/2/2005
Pages: 304
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Hyperion
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 2
Entertaining, but the only controversy is the way Mr. Douthat tries to distance himself from the "privileged class" at Harvard, even though he lets it slip that his name, his "good looks" (tall, thin, preppy beard) and his pedigree/background (CT suburb/Yale parents) would help "qualify" him as such. Also, Mr. Douthat does more than a bit name-dropping (in the guise of storytelling) that shows that, despite his "I'm not one of them" act, he is still "in". However, he does have an engaging way of writing and describing the people around him. The chapter about his dorm mates was worth the whole book put together, I think. Read this and cringe (and laugh) as you remember those horrendous college years...
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Helpful Score: 1
Less of an analysis book than I expected, it's really memoirs of a recent Harvard grad and his musings on the privileged backgrounds of most kids there.
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A great look at an Ivy League school from the inside (for conservatives [like writer Douthat] especially). A must-read for any applicant wanting to "peek behind the curtain" of a Harvard, Yale, or Princeton-caliber school.