Stuff in the ‘The Prize’ 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


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.


12 October, 2015

THE PRIZE: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools, sold in China and Korea

We’re so pleased to have just closed on two foreign sales, thanks to our excellent representation in Asia, for this New York Times bestseller by veteran journalist, Dale Russakoff.  THE PRIZE has just been acquired in Mainland China by Cheers, one of the leading nonfiction publishers of Simple Chinese translations, and by Parkyoung Story Co. in Korea.  It’s heartening to see that the story about the Newark schools resonates in these countries, where education is so highly regarded.

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

11 September, 2015

Dale Russakoff’s THE PRIZE draws 350 people to Newark Public Library Event

prizeLast night, a crowd of Newark parents, educators and other stakeholders gathered to hear a panel discuss Dale Russakoff’s just-published book, THE PRIZE:  Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?  Russakoff, a veteran reporter at the Washington Post who spent 4 years researching and writing the book, opened the discussion, with others from the worlds of philanthropy, public education and charter schools weighing in.  The crowd, 350 strong, was electric in their response to the panelists and the line for questions from the audience was long.  Russakoff signed books after the event, with Watchung Booksellers, an independent bookstore in Montclair, NJ, opening carton after carton of the hardcover books for sale.