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Some of Andrew Hacker's Other Books

Higher Education?  (with Claudia Dreifus, 2010)

In this provocative investigation of what really happens on campus today, the renowned sociologist Andrew Hacker and the New York Times writer Claudia Dreifus make an incisive case that the American way of higher education has lost sight of its primary mission: the education of young people. Going beyond the myths and mantras, they probe prestige versus performance in the Ivy League, the baleful influence of tenure, the unhealthy reliance on part-time faculty, and the supersized bureaucracies that now have lives of their own.

Mismatch: The Growing Gulf Between Women and Men (2003)

In Mismatch, bestselling author Andrew Hacker turns his authoritative analysis to a topic on which almost everyone has an opinion: the relationship between the sexes.  Skillfully employing a wide range of new and startling statistics, he finds a gender divide that is not only getting wider, but is having devastating consequences for family life and personal happiness.

Money: Who Has How Much and Why (1997)

In Money, Andrew Hacker sifts through reams of data to answer the questions we most frequently ask about money: have women made real strides toward economic parity? Has affirmative action improved the status of African Americans? Does immigration really take jobs away from hardworking Americans?  Can the professions that ensured economic security in the past –  for example, medicine and law – provide the same life for future generations? His answers to these and other questions are surprising and fascinating, and illuminate the financial condition of every strata of America.

Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal (1992)

Two Nations is the first book since Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 classic, An American Dilemma, to offer a profound and updated analysis of the conditions that keep blacks and whites dangerously far apart in their ability to participate fully in the American Dream. In this groundbreaking study, Andrew Hacker demonstrates that no other minority group has made so unavailing a struggle for acceptance, finding at the root of the disenfranchisement of black Americans the disabling but subtle and pervasive misconception that blacks are inferior.

U/S: A Statistical Portrait of the American People (1983)

From the time the Census was mandated by the Constitution, the government has compiled thorough and systematic information about American society. Drawing on the most recent Census, as well as on data from such sources as the Internal Revenue Service and the Centers for Disease Control, Andrew Hacker presents a precise view of the kinds of individuals we are, how we lead our lives, the similarities we share, and where we differ from one another. You’ll find yourself, your family, and your community of every page of U/S

The New Yorkers: A Profile of an American Metropolis (1975)

New York City was the world’s first great modern metropolis.  The New Yorkers  is a fascinating portrayal of the city’s heroes and heroines, as well as its victims and villains. Based on successive Census surveys, Andrew Hacker’s study has organized a massive analysis, including neighborhood New Yorkers from Bayside to Pelham Parkway, as well as New Yorkers who barely get by, and cosmopolitan citizens who crave the swirl of a world capital. Hacker’s study is the most challenging and realistic appraisal of New York’s population in book form.

The End of the American Era (1970)

Never before have Americans been so aware of the dangers and dislocations confronting their society. Whether the problem is crime or congestion, poverty or pollution, the picture emerges of a country in disintegration and decay. “Every nation has a history,” Andrew Hacker writes, “its age of ascendancy, its time of decline.” The End of the American Era is the first book to explain why such symptoms are so widely in evidence.

Congressional Districting: The Issue of Equal Representation (1963)

Here is a lucid and up-to-date analysis of the growing problem of giving American voters equal representation in Congress.  Because of the reluctance of state legislatures to take account of the rapid shifts in population, congressional districts today are either over represented or underrepresented. In 21 states, the votes of the citizen in the smallest district are worth twice the value of the votes in the largest district. Most notably, rural voters have the greatest voting power and the suburban voter the least.