Vanity Fair's Schools for Scandal: The Inside Dramas at 16 of America's Most Elite Campuses

December 6, 2020
Vanity Fair's Schools for Scandal: The Inside Dramas at 16 of America's Most Elite Campuses

Vanity Fair's Schools for Scandal brings together themagazine's finest reporting on the scandals that have swept ournation's most elite campuses over the past twenty-five years—allcollected in one definitive, "fascinating, eye-opening"(Booklist) volume edited by Graydon Carter and introducedby Cullen Murphy.Many of us have long suspected an American obsession withstatus. Now Graydon Carter has collected extraordinary articlesfrom Vanity Fair that show the lengths we will go toachieve it, preserve it, or destroy it—from the enduring, shadowyinfluence of Yale's secret societies to the infamous "seniorsalute" at St. Paul's School; from the false accusations in theDuke lacrosse team's infamous rape case to the (mis)reportage of asexual assault at the University of Virginia; from a deadlyextreme-sport episode at Oxford to the Keystone Kop theft of acollege's rare books to the allegations of fraud by thenow-shuttered Trump University.Vanity Fair's Schools for Scandal brings focus to theperils facing American education today and how the life of themind, and the significance of the institutions meant to foster it,has been negatively impacted by the partisan politics ofprivatization, tensions over so-called political correctness, thefraught dynamic of the teacher-student relationship, and whathappens when visions for a bold future collide with the desire tomaintain hidebound (or venerable) traditions.With an array of Vanity Fair's signaturewriters—including Buzz Bissinger, William D. Cohan, Sarah Ellison,Evgenia Peretz, Todd S. Purdum, and Sam Tanenhaus, amongothers—Vanity Fair's Schools for Scandal presents acompelling if troubling account of the state of elite educationtoday, and the evolving social, sexual, racial, and economic forcesthat have shaped it.