Stuff in the ‘Mark Zuckerberg’ Category

2 August, 2016

THE PRIZE: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? Dale Russakoff

NOW IN PAPERBACK! (August 2, 2016 release date) With new material.51Y+cjJZJVLprizepb
“One of the most important books on education to come along in years.”  — New York Times Book Review

A New York Times Notable Book · A Best Book of the Year, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, The New Yorker, and Publishers Weekly · A Best History Book of 2015, Amazon · Finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize

“Impeccably researched . . . Russakoff pulls readers in with richly drawn real-world characters.” — Atlantic

“Stunning . . . Russakoff’s narrative is rich with details and anecdotes that showcase the quality of her writing and bring Newark to life.” — Chicago Tribune

When Mark Zuckerberg announced his $100 million pledge to transform the Newark schools and create an education model that could be applied to any city in the nation, it looked like a huge win for New Jersey politicians Cory Booker and Chris Christie. But their plan met the opposition of Newark’s key education players, who were fiercely protective of their billion-dollar-a-year system — a prize that, for generations, had enriched seemingly everyone, except Newark’s students. With deeply drawn portraits of everyone from the philanthropists throwing millions at a haphazard plan, to the teachers fighting to reach students damaged by extreme poverty and violence, The Prize is a riveting account of the complexities and challenges that face all of America’s failing schools.

“Russakoff provides insights that should prove useful both to contemporary school reformers and to citizens hoping to understand their efforts.” — Washington Post

“A moving and thought-provoking book . . . Invaluable.” — New York Times


4 May, 2016

Russakoff

Dale Russakoff spent twenty-eight years as a reporter for the Washington Post, covering politics, education, social policy, and other topics. From 1994 to 2008, she served in the Post’s New York Bureau, where she covered the NYC metropolitan area, including Newark, New Jersey.

Dale Russakoff grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, attended public schools and graduated from Harvard University. She began her career as a reporter for The Alabama Journal and later lThe Atlanta JournalTHE PRIZE:  Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools (Houghton Mifflin, September, 2015), excerpted in The New Yorker, is her first book.  It was a New York Times bestseller, and a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for a work of a nonfiction, described by the judges as “a searing portrait of the enormous challenges of ‘saving our schools’.” THE PRIZE was also nominated for a Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism.  Alex Kotlowitz, reviewing the book in The New York Times declared:  “THE PRIZE may well be one of the most important books on education to come along in years.”

Russakoff lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband Matthew Purdy, an editor at The New York Times.  They have two grown sons.

 


17 September, 2015

THE PRIZE is now a New York Times bestseller!

THE PRIZE:  Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools, by veteran reporter Dale Russakoff debuts

on The New York Times bestseller list 9/27 at #12!  THE PRIZE 51UTBTUV8bL