Nine Steps to Success: Teens Can Make It Happen (Graham)

Stedman Graham (yes, Mr. Oprah) fancies himself wise. If you follow his step-by-step instructions, you, too, will have a successful life.

If you leave aside the ways he oversimplifies things, this supposed self-help guide ignores a pretty essential point. Not everyone, least of all the audience Graham seems to be trying to address, begins life at the same starting line. Our success, as much as some political parties would like us to believe, is NOT completely up to us.

Graham’s personal and professional qualifications for writing such a book are dubious at best. His examples are sketchy. And if you take away the ones about sports, they are pretty much absent.

The book, and its author, are extremely patronizing.

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