Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker

Books by Paul

How Children Succeed

How Children Succeed

Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control. Learn More >



Whatever It Takes

Whatever It Takes

Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America

What would it take? That was the question Geoffrey Canada found himself asking. What would it take to change the lives of poor children—not one by one, through heroic interventions and occasional miracles, but in big numbers, and in a way that could be replicated nationwide? The question led him to create the Harlem Children’s Zone, a ninety-seven-block laboratory in central Harlem where he is testing new and sometimes controversial ideas about poverty in America. Learn More >