Lost In The Meritocracy: The Undereducation Of An Overachiever

June 1, 2010|
Lost In The Meritocracy: The Undereducation Of An Overachiever by Walter Kirn
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From elementary school on, Walter Kirn knew how to stay at the top of his class: He clapped erasers, memorized answer keys, and parroted his teachers’ pet theories. But when he launched himself eastward to an Ivy League university, Kirn discovered that the temple of higher learning he had expected was instead just another arena for more gamesmanship, snobbery, and social climbing. In this whip-smart memoir of kissing-up, cramming, and competition, Lost in the Meritocracy reckons the costs of an educational system where the point is simply to keep accumulating points and never to look back—or within. 
 
Walter Kirn is a regular reviewer for The New York Times Book Review, and his work appears in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Time, New York, GQ and Esquire. He is the author of six previous works of fiction: My Hard Bargain: Stories, She Needed Me, Thumbsucker, Up in the Air, Mission to America and The Unbinding. Kir...
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Title:Lost In The Meritocracy: The Undereducation Of An Overachiever
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:224 pages, 8 X 5.2 X 0.5 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 8 X 5.2 X 0.5 in
Published:June 1, 2010
Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780307279453

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