"Golland provides an in-depth historical accounting of 'bureaucratic inertia,' 'urban crisis,' development of Philadelphia Plan, and the roles of mainstreem civil rights organizations, labor, contractors, and industry... The author documents presidential politics beginning with Franklin Delano Roosevelt and refutes Richard Nixon's sincerity." Choice"
" Constructing Affirmative Action offers a thoughtful new interpretation, clearly presented and based on judicious research in primary sources. It will become the standard book on the struggle for equal employment opportunity in the construction trades." Journal of American History"
"Few historians have focused so much research on the construction industry and trade unions as one of the key sites of the modern affirmative action battle. With the U.S. Supreme Court possibly poised to overturn affirmative action, we need to see what we may lose with its dismantling." American Historical Review"