The Gatekeepers

The Gatekeepers (In its 20th Printing - Updated with a New Afterword)

New York Times education reporter Jacques Steinberg was given an unprecedented opportunity to observe the admissions process at prestigious Wesleyan University over the course of nearly a year. Steinberg accompanied admissions officer Ralph Figueroa on a tour to assess and recruit the most promising students in the country. The Gatekeepers then follows a diverse group of prospective students as they compete for places in the nation's most elite colleges.

The first book to reveal the college admission process in such behind-the-scenes detail, The Gatekeepers is required reading for every parent of a high school-age child and for every student facing the arduous and anxious task of applying to college. Reissued in Fall 2013, with a new afterword by the author, on the tenth anniversary of its first printing.

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You Are an Ironman
You Are an Ironman:

How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World's Toughest Triathlon.

Jacques Steinberg
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The author of “The Gatekeepers: Inside the AdmissionsProcess of a Premier College,”
a New York Times-best seller.


Jacques on the TODAY show

In "You Are an Ironman," bestselling author and New York Times reporter Jacques Steinberg strives to understand the drive six individuals feel to feverishly train and push themselves as hard as they can to be able to be able to complete the world's most formidable triathlon.

“You are an Ironman” (and its author) featured on CBS's 'Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'

Can good-natured laughs be mined from the Ironman experience? Late-night talk-show host Craig Ferguson found some when he welcomed Jacques Steinberg to his couch early Wednesday morning, to talk about Ironmen, "You are an Ironman'' and how exactly Jacques came to be Jacques. Review

"Every Ironman has a story," Steinberg said in an interview yesterday. "In so many instances they are gripping and moving. I think the best non-fiction writing is when it reads like fiction writing, but the facts are true. I knew I didn't want to write a memoir. I thought 'What if I could write something suspenseful about an Ironman?' That's why I chose first-time competitors — I thought it would be fun for the reader to ride along with them as they trained and then competed."

Huffington Post Review

"Anyone wondering who might take on such a grueling challenge and what their motivation might be would do well to read Jacques Steinberg's account of three men and three women, most of them in their 40s, who fork over a nonrefundable $525 a year in advance to sign up for the 2009 Ironman Arizona. Through interviews and their entries in blogs and training diaries, the reader follows the six as they put their normal routines on hold and adopt rigorous training regimens in preparation for the big event.