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Posh Boys: How English Public Schools Ruin Britain (Paperback)Robert Verkaik (author)
Verkaik’s deconstruction of the British public school system and the opportunities it has provided for a privileged elite to dominate the nation’s affairs is a scathing and uncompromising read. At a time of entrenched division and growing inequality, Posh Boys is a blisteringly important book.
In Britain today, the government, judiciary and military are all led by an elite who attended private school. Under their watch, our society has become increasingly divided and the gap between rich and poor is now greater than ever before. Is this the country we want to live in?
If we care about inequality, we have to talk about public schools.
Robert Verkaik issues a searing indictment of the system originally intended to educate the most underprivileged Britons, and outlines how, through meaningful reform, we can finally make society fairer for all.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm
'A timely intervention that asks all the right questions.' - The Guardian
'The latest in the series of powerful books on the divisions in modern Britain, and will take its place on many bookshelves beside Reni Eddo-Lodge's Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race and Owen Jones's Chavs.' - Andrew Marr, The Sunday Times
'Does a fine job of reminding us how powerful a hold the elite schools have over public life.' - The Times
'An illuminating and hugely enjoyable read, packed full of eye-opening facts... At a time when the gap between rich and poor is widening, we need to talk seriously about the role of public schools in our society. Posh Boys is a welcome catalyst for that debate.' - The Sunday Herald
'In his fascinating, enraging polemic, Verkaik touches on one of the strangest aspects of the elite schools and their product's domination of public life for two and a half centuries: the acquiescence of everyone else.' - The Observer
'A trenchant j'accuse against the old-boy chumocracy... Posh Boys is, for a book about public schools, decidedly comprehensive.' - The Guardian
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