Books: First Peek At "Radical" Rhee Book
It's called "RADICAL: Fighting to Put Students First." (A previous version was called "DARE TO DREAM: My Fight for Better Schools and a Brighter Future" -- I think they made a good choice.)
Yes, that's two books about Michelle Rhee in the space of two years or so -- this and The Bee Eater. Three if you count the Brill book. Yes, HarperCollins is a division of NewsCorp -- shame on you for having bought or read any of their books.
Library Journal says it's a 100,000-copy first run. No word yet on how much Rhee received for writing the 352-page manuscript -- I'm sure Rhee opponents will make a big deal of it because, you know, being paid for doing things is bad, and Brill made a big deal of Ravitch's speaking fees.
StudentsFirst tells me that Rhee wrote it herself -- no ghostwriters-- but won't say if it includes newsy tidbits or revelations (yelling matches with Kaya Henderson, for example). Did she write it in blood between the hours of three and five AM, or while binging on Adderall, or on the plane back and forth from DC to Sacto? They won't say.
I will refrain from making any comments about the cover photo.