About the Author(s)
Terry Anderson is Professor of History at Texas A&M University. A Vietnam veteran who has taught in Malaysia, Japan, and was a Fulbright professor in China and the Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History at University College Dublin. He is the author of numerous articles on the 1960s and Vietnam War, co-author of A Flying Tiger's Diary, and author of The Sixties; United States, Great Britain, and the Cold War, 1944-1947; and The Movement and the Sixties.
"A carefully researched and highly detailed analysis of the development of affirmative action policy in the United States....A useful place for interested people to learn the fascinating history of this controversial policy....A readable and balanced treatment of an important policy issue that has divided Americans for decades."--J. Edward Kellough, The American Journal of Legal History
"Anderson has written an excellent book that lives up to its claim of presenting an accessible and balanced account of a highly complex story. Everybody who is interested in the issue must start with this book."--Manfred Berg, American Studies: A Quarterly
"Succeeds in presenting a dispassionate examination of affirmative action--not easy to do....Anderson's dispassionate treatment of his subject flows from his seeing it as part of a narrow pursuit of economic fairness rather than as part of the broader pursuit of social justice."--Ted Van Dyk, Washington Post Book World
"A good place to get your bearings. He makes clear that the best defense of affirmative action has always been that the alternatives to it are even worse."--David L. Chappell, The New York Times
"Excellent...a very well-written, very scholarly, and very fair examination....His use of sources, both original and secondary, provides the reader with an understanding of the political and economic dynamics of establishing affirmative action programs....Highly recommended."--The Journal of American History
"Few books match the breadth of his story of affirmative action in the United States. Few offer so engaging a narrative voice or are capable of making a familiar story read as if it were fresh and new....Anderson skillfully weaves the story of how racism, sexism and paternalism for the disabled come out of the common cloth of American prejudices."--Timothy J. O'Neill, Law & Politics Book Review