Preparing For Power

America's Elite Boarding Schools


By Peter W Cookson

By Caroline Hodges Persell

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Why do private boarding schools produce such a disproportionate number of leaders in business, government, and the arts? In the most comprehensive study of its kind to date, two sociologists describe the complex ways in which elite schools prepare students for success and power, and they also provide a lively behind-the-scenes look at prep–school life and underlife.
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Aug 4, 2008
Page Count
272 pages
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Peter W Cookson

About the Author

Peter W. Cookson, Jr., is senior research associate in the Department of Sociology at New York University.

Caroline Hodges Persell is professor and chairperson in the Department of Sociology at New York University.

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