Harvard Rules: The Struggle for the Soul of the World's Most Powerful University
It is the richest, most influential, most powerful university in the world, but 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.
Although famously brilliant, Summers was a high-stakes gamble. In the 1990s he had crafted American policies to stabilize the global economy, quietly becoming one of the world's most powerful men. 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. His allies believe that Harvard needs shaking up and appreciate Summer's blunt language and unabashed displays of power. His foes accuse the new president of tearing apart a venerable institution simply to remake it in his own image. At stake is not just the future of Harvard University, but the way in which Harvard students see the world -- and the manner in which they will lead it.
Written despite the university's official opposition, Harvard Rules uncovers what really goes on behind Harvard's storied walls -- the politics, sex, ambition, infighting, and intrigue that run rampant within the world's most important university.
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Bradley (American Son: A Portrait of John F. Kennedy, Jr. ) offers a timely portrait of Harvard's less-than-affable imperial president, Lawrence ("Larry") Summers. On January 18, 2005, while addressing the National Bureau of Economic Research, Summers opined that women are not in the highest levels of science and engineering because of differences in "innate ability." As that statement comes from the university's first Jewish president, one can say only, "Oy, vay!" But as Bradley demonstrates, Summers's modus operandi has been unorthodox from his student years forward. Harvard Rules chronicles (in excruciating detail) the first years of Summers's tenure, including confrontations with the school's prestigious African-American Studies Department and the quashing of faculty and student dissent. Bradley has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, and his prose reflects the momentum of periodical writing. However, Harvard has had just 27 presidents since 1636, and it is probably premature for an in-depth analysis of the current one. Recommended only for libraries having a readership that actually cares about Crimson politics.--Ari Sigal, Catawba Valley Community Coll. Lib., Hickory, NC
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For some reason I find the saga of Laurence Summers fascinating. If you care about higher ed, you should probably care about what's happening at Harvard.
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