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Frederick Rudolph on the History of American Colleges

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These brief book reviews have been posted to Amazon.com, and they may be viewed there in their original form either collectively (on my public reviews page) or individually (by following the link at each title below).

A Witty and Graceful Educational Narrative

The American College and University: A History
Frederick Rudolph
University of Georgia Press, 1991 (reprint edition)

Frederick Rudolph is a master of graceful historical narrative, and this classic account of the development of American higher education should be on the shelf of everyone who teaches in a college or university. From heart-breaking stories of college buildings that burned down before they were completed, to the history of liberal education, to arguments over importance of the extracurriculum, to anecdotes of nineteenth-century professors imported from Germany who found themselves chasing after students with stolen turkeys (“Ach, all dis for two tousand dollars!”), Rudolph will delight you and educate you all at the same time. This is a volume not to be missed.


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