Hot Reads for the Holidays: Scholars Are Coming to Bookstores near You with Cutting-Edge Research and Theories on Race, History, Politics and More

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At year's end, the editors of Diverse like to present a broad selection of books that have caught our attention. Here's a "wish list" of books for scholars that reflect true diversity in subject matter:

Affirmative Action for the Rich: Legacy Preferences in College Admissions, edited by Richard D. Kahlenberg, $19.95, Century Foundation Press, September 2010, ISBN-10: 0870785184, ISBN-13: 978-0870785184, pp. 330.

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Various authors lift the cover on the longstanding practice of admitting "legacies"--the children of alumni--to institutions of higher education in this collection edited by Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation. While combatants in the battles over affirmative action have often alluded to this issue, almost nothing has been written about it until now. Drawing on the voices of scholars, lawyers, consultants, writers and students, the book traces the history, and scope of these preferences that tend to benefit the White and wealthy and weighs the implications of their continued existence.

Asians in the Ivory Tower: Dilemmas of Racial Inequality in American Higher Education (Multicultural Education Series), by Robert T. Teranishi, $31.95, Teachers College Press, September 2010, ISBN-10: 0807751308, ISBN-13: 978-0807751305, pp. 216.

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Dr. Robert Teranishi summarizes the experience of Asian-Americans in higher education and outlines the challenges confronting them and the institutions they attend. He shatters myths and dismantles stereotypes about the so-called "model minority" and explains why that depiction is counterproductive. The author is an associate professor at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and principal investigator of the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education, both at New York University.

The Edge of the Woods: Iroquoia, 1534-1701, by Jon Parmenter, $49.95, Michigan State University Press, October 2010, ISBN-10: 0870139851, ISBN-13: 978-0870139857, pp. 520.

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The author, an associate professor of history at Cornell University, examined documents, archaeological data and oral traditions to reinterpret Eurocentric assumptions about patterns of movement among the Iroquois before and after the colonization of North America. …