Interview: Author Paul Tough on the Complex World of College Admissions

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At HMH, there are few things we love more than reading! So we created a podcast series featuring one-on-one conversations between our leaders and the authors of HMH Books to share with our employees and Shaped readers. Through this series, we learn more about our authors, our leaders, the engaging books we publish, and the art of writing.

In our latest episode, Jim O’Neill, HMH’s General Manager of Core Solutions, interviews author Paul Tough about his new book, The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us. Paul and Jim dive into some of the fascinating—and frustrating—discoveries, stories, and takeaways from his research into the complex system of college admissions and higher education.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of HMH.


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