Here's another re: the American university system.
"The Gatekeepers" Inside the Admissions Process os a Premier College
Paperback, 294 pp., 2003
"Colleges make their admissions decisions behind a cordon of security befitting the selection of a pope," the book begins. The Gatekeepers spans a year in the lives of those who make the decisions--and those who await the decisions. YOu'll synpathize with the admissions officer who struggles to do what's best for the prospective students and find yourself forming firm opinons about which of the featured students should win entry into the select circles of the nations best schools. (This) is a brainy page turner." (Partial review from Bas Bleu catalog)
And next, another with a historical bent:
"Signing Their Lives Away"
Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese
255 pp., 2009
"Each of the 56 men who sign the Declaration of Incependence risked his life as a traitor to the British Crown, yet many of them have been all but lost to history. And that's a shame because they're a fascinating and eclectic bunch...."
(Partial review from Bas Bleu catalog)
Let's add these to the mix.