Harvard Rules: Lawrence Summers and the Battle for the World's Most Powerful University

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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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. Harvard may have possessed a $19 billion endowment, but had it lost its soul?

The members of Harvard's governing board 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. At stake is not just the future of Harvard University but also the way in which Harvard students see the world -- and the manner in which they 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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HARVARD RULES: The Struggle for the Soul of the World's Most Powerful University

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Welcome to Harvard Yard—or, more precisely, to the president's office in Mass Hall.As Bradley (American Son, 2002, written as Richard Bow) tells it, Harvard found itself in something of an identity ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review


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The former executive editor of George magazine, Richard Bradley is the author of the number one New York Times bestseller American Son: A Portrait of John F. Kennedy, Jr. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and the New Republic. A graduate of Yale College who received his A.M. in American history from Harvard, Bradley lives in New York City.

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