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The Big Test

The Secret History of the American Meritocracy

The Big Test( )
Afterword by: Lemann, Nicholas
Author: Lemann, Nicholas
ISBN:978-0-374-52751-8
Publication Date:Nov 2000
Publisher:Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $18.00
Book Description:

The widely acclaimed study of what's gone wrong in American higher education.

What do we know about the history, origin, design, and purpose of the SAT? Who invented it, and why? How did it acquire such a prominent and lasting position in American education?The Big Test reveals the ideas, people, and politics behind a fifty-year-old utopian social experiment that changed this country. Combining vibrant storytelling, vivid portraiture, and thematic analysis,...
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Book Details
Pages:416
Detailed Subjects: Education / Testing & Measurement
Social Science / Social Classes & Economic Disparity
Education / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6 x 9 x 0.93 Inches
Book Weight:1.342 Pounds
Author Biography
Lemann, Nicholas (Afterword by)
Nicholas Lemann, a native of New Orleans, developed an interest in journalism during his teenage years. This eagerness to write was coupled with a keen interest in United States history and literature. He pooled his curiosities, earning a degree in American literature and history from Harvard University in 1976.

Journalism became Lemann's main occupation, as he built his writing career through working for the Washington Monthly, Texas Monthly, and the Washington Post. In 1983, he joined the Atlantic Monthly staff. His love for American history peaked with the publication of his commentary on the African-American migration to Chicago in search of jobs and a better life.

Lemann's book, The Promised Land, captured the 1991 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in journalism. His articles span many interests, from book reviews and political topics to travel stories about the Catskill Mountains and other natural wonders. He contributes many articles, not only to the Atlantic Monthly but to several other magazines as well.

Nicholas Lemann, his wife Dominique Browning, and their two sons live in New York City.

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