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Monday, June 1st, 2009 by

The Peach County, Georgia Leader-Tribune joins a number of news outlets still talking about reporter Rich Whitt’s controversial book Behind the Hedges: Big Money and Power Politics at the University of Georgia. News Editor Victor Kulkosky felt so incensed by the revelations in Behind the Hedges of the behind-the-scenes politicking at the University of Georgia that he devoted three of his “Out of My Mind” columns to the book.

“Rich Whitt’s book Behind the Hedges … tells the story of UGA President Michael Adams, nearing his twelfth year on the job, but who on paper appears to be failing on a grand scale,” Kulkosky writes. “Adams has bad relationships with faculty, while many of the dedicated alumni of UGA have sworn not to give a penny until he leaves. There are many more issues with Adams, yet he’s still employed.”

In his columns, Kulkosky offers a powerful and incisive examination of the importance of Behind the Hedges and its implications for the state of Georgia. “Our state’s higher education system is inseparable from its future,” he continues. “North Carolina and Florida appear to have brighter futures. I know there are many UGA alumni among my readers, but everybody associated with the University System of Georgia should ask the question All State likes to ask, ‘Are you in good hands?’ I have my doubts.”

Read Victor Kulkosky’s May 13, May 20, and May 27 columns about Behind the Hedges.

Kulkosky joins ESPN columnist Ivan Maisel, who calls Behind the Hedges “meticulous” in his “3-Point Stance” column. “If you like your campus politics served hot, read Behind the Hedges,” Maisel writes. And Columbus, Georgia, writer Richard Hyatt recommends Behind the Hedges in his May 11 Mirabeau column, along with the Sports Business Daily “Book Shelf.”

Behind the Hedges: Big Money and Power Politics at the University of Georgia is available from NewSouth Books, Amazon.com, or your favorite local or online bookseller. Read excerpts from the book through Google Book Search.

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