Paul Tough

Author, Speaker, Journalist

Paul Tough is the author, most recently, of The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us, to be published on September 10 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. His three previous books include the best-selling How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. He is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and a speaker on various topics including education, poverty, parenting, and politics. Learn More >

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The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us

Does college still work? Is our system of higher education fair? And how can we help more young Americans achieve success? From the best-selling author of How Children Succeed, a powerful, mind-changing inquiry into higher education in the United States.

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Paul speaks on a number of topics including education, parenting, equity, and student success. For questions about lectures and speaking engagements, please contact Charles Yao, Director of Speakers at the Lavin Agency, at, or visit Paul’s Lavin Agency speaker page.