The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life
by William Deresiewicz
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This book, in many ways, is a letter to my twenty-year-old self . . . about the kinds of things I wish someone had encouraged me to think about when I was going to college. I was like so many kids today. . . . I went off to college like a sleepwalker, like a zombie. College was a blank.” That’s how William Deresiewicz begins his blistering, arm-waving jeremiad against Ivy League colleges and their dozens of emulators, which are creating a caste that is ruining itself and society.
The members of this elite “have purchased self-perpetuation at the price of their children’s happiness,” he concludes 240 pages later, summing up his damning review of “the panic, the exhaustion, the sense of emptiness and aimlessness, the fearfulness and cynicism” in elite-college life. The social consequences for this new
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