The Guardians: Kingman Brewster, His Circle, and the Rise of the Liberal Establishment

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 573 pages
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How liberalism and one of the most dramatic eras in American history were shaped by an influential university president and his powerful circle of friends

Yale’s Kingman Brewster was the first and only university president to appear on the covers of Time and Newsweek, and the last of the great campus leaders to become an esteemed national figure. He was also the center of the liberal establishment—a circle of influential men who fought to keep the United States true to ideals and extend the full range of American opportunities to all citizens of every class and color. Using Brewster as his focal point, Geoffrey Kabaservice shows how he and his lifelong friends—Kennedy adviser McGeorge Bundy, Attorney General and statesman Elliot Richardson, New York mayor John Lindsay, Bishop Paul Moore, and Cyrus Vance, pillar of Washington and Wall Street—helped usher this country through the turbulence of the 1960s, creating a legacy that still survives.

In a narrative that is as engaging and lively as it is meticulously researched, The Guardians judiciously and convincingly reclaims the importance of Brewster and his generation, illuminating their vital place in American history as the bridge between the old establishment and modern liberalism.

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Kingman Brewster was the president of Yale University starting in 1963. He was a leader who wasn't afraid of the civil unrest in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This quote sums up not only the title ... Read full review

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Following World War II, powerbrokers of the American liberal establishment dominated the country's politics and social institutions. They sought to preserve traditions while struggling to cope with ... Read full review


Introduction i
Bright College Years
The Leaders of the GI Generation in War and Peace
New Frontiers
Modernizer s on the Move
Approaching Thunder
The Guardians of Equal Opportunity
A New Society Emerges
Heavy Turbulence
Into the Storm 275
New Beginnings and Endings

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Geoffrey Kabaservice received a B.A. from Yale, a master’s in philosophy from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. from Yale, where he lectured in the history department. He is currently a manager with the Advisory Board Company and lives in Washington, D.C.

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