In The Chosen, the Berkeley sociologist Jerome Karabel lifts the veil on a century of admission and exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. How did the. In The Chosen, the Berkeley sociologist Jerome Karabel lifts the veil on a Many of Karabel’s findings are astonishing: the admission of blacks into the Ivy. THE CHOSEN. The Hidden History of Admission and. Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. By Jerome Karabel. Illustrated. pp.

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Newsworthy, but too dense for the general reader.

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As the author notes, working class kids are the ones who are currently the least likely to benefit from the current admissions system. There was way too much detail for me to care about anything, but it was just like a super long version of Price of Admission which I had read a few weeks before. Who gets into what college, and why? Apr 12, Jake rated it really liked it.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He also seems to feel the need to explain for pages the entire background of every person who bore even a trivial bit of responsibility for setting admissions policy at these institutions, which makes it easy for the reader to get buried in names.


One can but hope. The idea is really interesting, but the presentation unnecessarily long and convoluted. Will head win over heart? Oct 07, Rebecca rated it liked it Shelves: Sandra rated it really liked it Jul 27, Drawing on decades of meticulous research, Karabel cohsen a light on the ever-changing definition of “merit” in college admissions, showing how it shaped–and was shaped by–the country at large.

There would be 3 or more chapters covering the same time period from different perspectives, usually at least one for each school, and there was huge overlap that was not really remarked upon thd than to repeat the same contextual occurrences over and over again.

Then, amid a national wave of immigration reform, the upper-crust schools overhauled their policies to have a more well-rounded student body, by which they meant one including not too many Jews. A page history not including several hundred pages of footnotes of the admissions process of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, starting with the early 20th century.

The Jewish Problem at Yale and Princeton. The author keep talking about elite people who choen chosen based on things other than merit and yet is very vague about what he means by that – doesn’t describe exactly what he means by lack of merit and give specific examples. Account Options Sign in.



Some of the little moments dinged around in my head for a long time: The book was thr very exciting and quite repetitive, but in retrospect very enlightening. Karabel investigates how and why Harvard, Yale and Princeton “have always been heavily overrepresented in the American elite. View all 5 comments.

Who gets into what college, and why?

THE CHOSEN by Jerome Karabel | Kirkus Reviews

Many of Karabel’s findings are astonishing: This book was HUGE and took me forever to read. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Many of Karabel’s findings are astonishing: Yale From Insularity to Inclusion. Not gonna happen, I know, but no one is pure.

Tradition and Change at Old Nassau. July 28 – this is a long, long book. Jul 11, Butch Hamilton rated it it was amazing. The task is both crucial and excruciatingly difficult, in ways that Karabel’s readers will much, much more thoroughly appreciate. Other editions – View all The Chosen: