What is the real story behind the fight over affirmative action in college admissions? Veteran journalist Peter Schmidt reveals truths that will outrage readers and forever transform the debate. He exposes issues such as:
* The hidden agendas of conservatives who preach admissions equality, yet gut programs that helped poor kids get in the running
* The higher education establishment attempts to squelch any talk about its own bias toward the children of privilege
* Higher education advocates feeding lies to the federal courts and the public while relying on race-conscious admissions policies to attract outside financial support
* The struggles of lower and middle class students of all races who are being lost in the chaos of affirmative action
The underlying premise is that African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American kids are being harmed the most. Unafraid to shine a harsh light on schools such as Harvard, the University of Michigan, Princeton, and the University of California, this is a startling and brave book that will inspire a national dialogue on class, race, and education.