I am a father of two young children, and I suspect that many people who buy it will be in a similar circumstance, curious how they might help their own children succeed. However, the book is more about why low income children succeed or fail considering influences at home and in their schools, and how America in particular has tried to address education for low income students in the past few decades. The book is very important for this reason. But it is not about 'how' to get children to succeed, although it does provide a couple of interesting anecdotal stories (but one must be careful with anecdotes). The reasons children succeed seem to be character traits as opposed to raw intelligence or test scores or teaching of information, which is fascinating and described well by Mr Tough. But the book does not really address 'how' to produce the key character traits. I enjoyed the book and recommend it - interesting, well written, informative. But it is written from a macro society level and not at a micro/personal level which is how I think it is being marketed and what I suspect many buyers are looking for.