Crazy U: One Dad's Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 14, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 228 pages
Now in paperback: “Both a hilarious narrative and an incisive guide to the college admissions process….Ferguson’s storytelling is irresistible” (The Washington Post).

Once a straightforward process, applying to college has evolved into a multi-year ordeal and spawned a multi-billion dollar cottage industry of freelance counselors, tutors, essay coaches, interview advisers, and political activists. In Crazy U, Ferguson spends time with the most sought-after private counselor, provides a pocket history of higher education in America, looks at the growth of the college marketing industry, and asks: Why the hell does college cost so much, and how can my kid get in?

Writing with humor and humility, Ferguson chronicles his perilous journey through this seemingly impenetrable, hall-of-mirrors process where, it seems, even the slightest misstep could derail his son’s future. Crazy U doesn’t divulge the secrets of getting accepted to a dream school, but it will help readers maintain a measure of sanity as they enter the trenches of college admissions.

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User Review  - jjaylynny - LibraryThing

Not a memoir, more a reflection on the process of college admissions these days and how truly insane it is. Humorous, illuminating and deeply cynical all at once. Read full review

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User Review  - 2wonderY - LibraryThing

The first couple of chapters were really fun to read - the writing was extraordinarily good for the subject matter. Unhappily, the quality slipped considerably from there, and it became just another yawn inducing book. Read full review


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Andrew Ferguson, a senior editor at the Weekly Standard and a columnist for Bloomberg News, is the author of Land of Lincoln and Fools' Names, Fools' Faces, a collection of his essays. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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