Author, Brookings Institute fellow, and new American citizen, Richard Reeves, has written a thought-provoking book entitled “Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class is Leaving Everyone in the Dust, Why That is a Problem, and What To Do About It”. In addition to having one of the longest titles of the year, this book examines the difficult societal problem of class in a supposedly classless society. Most Americans believe that anyone can pull themselves up by their bootstraps and become successful, that we live in a meritocracy, that all it takes to be a success is hard work and the drive to be all you can be. Yeah, well, maybe that’s true. But what if you aren’t in the upper and upper middle classes, and you have to compete with those that are? Wouldn’t, for example, those that have gone to good, well-funded schools, with the best teachers, have a sizable advantage? So then, wouldn’t that would make your lower class bootstraps shorter and more difficult to reach? And, while it isn’t easy to say to those upper middle class parents that they should not do all they possibly can for their children, Reeves posits that instead of hoarding those advantages for themselves, and widening the gap between those that have and those that don’t, our society would be closer to a real meritocracy, and to the ideal of a classless society, if opportunities to prepare oneself for success were shared more equitably with all socio-economic groups. Can anyone imagine that our divided society would ever come together on this subject? C’mon . . . it ain’t happenin’. But with “Dream Hoarders”, Reeves gives us plenty to ponder.