[Review] “The Price of Admission” by Daniel Golden & “The Privileged Poor” by Anthony Abraham Jack

I had to combine the reviews for these two books because 1. I read one and listened to the other concurrently, and 2. their power only multiplied in combination. The two books examine inequality in elite colleges in America at two different stages — the admissions process and actual campus life, but have much in common. Most importantly, they illustrate how the same power structures reproduce across stages of college life. The fact that the odds of admissions are stacked against poor…