Paul Tough

Author, Speaker, Journalist

Paul Tough is the author, most recently, of The Inequality Machine: How College Divides Us (previously The Years That Matter Most), published 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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Latest Book

The Inequality Machine: How College Divides Us

A devastating examination of the glaring injustices of higher education, including unfair admissions tests, entrenched racial barriers, and crushing student debt. Now updated and expanded for the pandemic era, with a new afterword by the author.

Originally published as The Years That Matter Most

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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.