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Introduction Personal Resources The Study Design Family Resources Education and Schooling Work and Careers Spouses, Children, Friends, and Health The Psychology of Unusual Success Conclusions and Implications Appendix A: Interview Procedures Appendix B: Interview Schedule Notes References Index

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An excellent exploratory study that examines the lives of one hundred Americans who achieved success in their careers. In studying this upwardly mobile population, the authors examine the factors that led to this achievement and, in the reporting, they allow the reader to have a rare glimpse of at least one population that 'beats the odds.' Whether children of poverty with uneducated parents or those from middle-class homes and educated parents, the stories of the 'Pathmakers' make for fascinating reading. -- Yolanda T. Moses, President, City College of New York Paths to Success is a stereotype-bursting book. It describes pathmakers who achieve by beating the odds that are stacked against them. These resilient people defy normative expectations. This book celebrates people who lie beyond the norm and indicates why social scientists should be concerned with analyzing coefficients of dispersion in behavior as well as determining normative patterns. -- Charles Willie, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Charles C. Harrington is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Psychology, and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Susan K. Boardman received her Ph.D. in social psychology from Columbia University.

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As a study of resiliency in highly successful adults, this study is unique and departs from mainstream research in the disciplines where the authors locate their work-namely, anthropology, sociology, and psychology...the present findings have implications, especially for educators, in that they illuminate issues in current policy debates and suggest directions for practice. -- Helen M. Marks * Journal of Higher Education *
An excellent exploratory study that examines the lives of one hundred Americans who achieved success in their careers. In studying this upwardly mobile population, the authors examine the factors that led to this achievement and, in the reporting, they allow the reader to have a rare glimpse of at least one population that 'beats the odds.' Whether children of poverty with uneducated parents or those from middle-class homes and educated parents, the stories of the 'Pathmakers' make for fascinating reading. -- Yolanda T. Moses, President, City College of New York
Paths to Success is a stereotype-bursting book. It describes pathmakers who achieve by beating the odds that are stacked against them. These resilient people defy normative expectations. This book celebrates people who lie beyond the norm and indicates why social scientists should be concerned with analyzing coefficients of dispersion in behavior as well as determining normative patterns. -- Charles Willie, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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