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Harvard rules : the struggle for the soul of the world's most powerful university

Author: Richard Bradley
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : HarperCollins, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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At the beginning of 2001, Harvard was in crisis. Students complained that a Harvard education had grown mediocre. Professors charged that the university cared more about money than about learning. And everyone worried that Harvard's outgoing president, Neil Rudenstine, epitomized an unhappy trend: the university president as full-time fund-raiser. Harvard may have possessed a $19 billion endowment, but had the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Bradley
ISBN: 0060568542 9780060568542 9780060568559 0060568550
OCLC Number: 61668005
Description: xxii, 375 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The emperor's new clothes --
The remarkable, controversial career of Larry Summers --
Neil Rudenstine's long decade --
Searching for Mr. Summers --
The president versus the professor --
Washington on the Charles --
Larry Summers and the bully pulpit --
The unexpected exit of Harry Lewis --
War --
Silent campus.
Responsibility: Richard Bradley.
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At the beginning of 2001, Harvard was in crisis. Students complained that a Harvard education had grown mediocre. Professors charged that the university cared more about money than about learning. And everyone worried that Harvard's outgoing president, Neil Rudenstine, epitomized an unhappy trend: the university president as full-time fund-raiser. Harvard may have possessed a $19 billion endowment, but had the university lost its soul? The members of the Harvard Corporation, the ultra-secretive governing board established more than three centuries ago, knew that they had to act. And so they made a bold pick for Harvard's twenty-seventh president: former Treasury Secretary and intellectual prodigy economist Lawrence Summers. But while many admired Summers, his critics called him elitist, imperialist, and arrogant beyond measure. Today Larry Summers sits atop a university in a state of upheaval, unsure of what it stands for and where it is going. Written despite the university's official opposition, Harvard Rules uncovers what really goes on behind Harvard's storied walls.

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