Lost in the Meritocracy

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Lost in the Meritocracy
Lost in the Meritocracy (book).jpg
Author Walter Kirn
Country United States
Language English
Genre Memoir
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
May 2009
Media type Print (Hardback
Pages 224 pp (hardback edition)
ISBN 0-385-52128-6 (hardback edition)

Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever is a 2009 memoir by Walter Kirn. It describes his own trip through the American education system from rural Minnesota to Princeton University.[1]

The author also wrote an earlier essay under the same title for The Atlantic.[2]

The book was reviewed twice in the New York Times.[3][4] The Times also listed it as a "notable book of 2009".[5]

Other reviews appeared in the Washington Post[6] and Commentary Magazine,[7] and the book was recommended on Time Magazine's "Short List of Things to Do".[8]


  1. ^ Random House catalog
  2. ^ Atlantic, January-February 2005
  3. ^ New York Times Sunday Book Review, May 21, 2009
  4. ^ New York Times, May 17, 2009
  5. ^ New York Times Notable Books list
  6. ^ Washington Post, June 7, 2009
  7. ^ Commentary Magazine, June 2009
  8. ^ Time Magazine, Short list of things to do, May 29, 2009