"William Deresiewicz is one of America's best young public intellectuals." —
"A searing and important critique of our morally bankrupt educational system.
Chris Hedges, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist
"Excellent Sheep challenges parents to break from the herd mentality." —
Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter
"Read this book to remember what learning should be, and then pass it along to the next sheep who should leave the flock behind." —
Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones
"A true teacher speaks here. He has my admiration and my gratitude." —
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About the Author
William Deresiewicz is an award-winning essayist and critic, a frequent college speaker, and the best-selling author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. He taught English at Yale for ten years and at Columbia for five.
Bill is a Contributing Writer for The Nation and a Contributing Editor for The American Scholar. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper's, The New Republic, The London Review of Books, and elsewhere. His essay “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education” has been viewed over one million times. “Solitude and Leadership,” an address at West Point, has been taught across the military and corporate worlds.
Bill has won the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, the Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, and a Sydney Award; he is also a three-time National Magazine Award nominee. His work has been translated into 15 languages and anthologized in 30 college readers. He has spoken at over 50 colleges, high schools, and educational groups and has held visiting positions at Scripps and Claremont McKenna Colleges. In the fall of 2016, he will serve as the NEH-Hannah Arendt Center Visiting Distinguished Fellow at Bard.