PAUL TOUGH is the author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America and a series of acclaimed articles about character and childhood in the New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker. He is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and a regular contributor to the public-radio program This American Life. For more information, please visit You can also find Paul on Twitter @PaulTough.

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