The Academic Man: A Study in the Sociology of a Profession (Foundations of higher education) is a classic study of how academics are recruited and promoted in the US. While the study is old – it was originally published in 1942, and the data are all pre-war – it still rings bells for those of us working in Academia. The mechanisms and problems Wilson points to seem familiar, 70 years later and in quite another academic setting. Wilson’s style is entertaining, that helps too. Recommended reading for those who seek insight into the workings of an academic career.