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Harvard Rules: Lawrence Summers and the Battle for the World's Most Powerful University Paperback – November 22, 2005
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Bradely has written a book that is very easy to read and draws almost all of the issues enveloping Harvard in easy to digest, black-and-white dramas between Summers (always in the black hat) and various members of the faculty and student body (always portrayed sympatetically). This book makes no pretence of being objective or looking any further than skin-deep at the controversies that surrounded Summers before the most recent blow-up over his comments on women in science. Several chapters end with essentially the same line: by doing X, Summers had further consolidated his rule over the university. If all of this is true (it's not), Summers would be the absolute dictator of Harvard Yard by now.
In fact, what has been written here is basically an expanded, book-edition copy of the Harvard Crimson from 2000 to the present. There is little new in the book that readers of Harvard's student newspaper don't already know other than a few re-interviews that Richard Bradley has done with various personalities involved in the recent events at Harvard.
What's lost here is that what is going on at Harvard is a microcosm of what's going on at many other American universities, and that much of it isn't new. As far back as I can remember (and I come from a family of academics), students and faculty alike have hated their university presidents, viewing them as uninterested in academics or out of touch with their student bodies.Read more ›
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So much I never knew. Lots of background. Not very flattering for Summers. Frankly not leadership material. What more can I say?Published on September 4, 2013 by R
Larry Summers was Sheryl Sandberg's mentor. A lot of female faculty defended Larry Summers. If these females were not obtuse, they must have good reasons to explain their... Read morePublished on May 19, 2012 by Pippi
This is one of the first examinations of the Summers presidency at Harvard. The book examines the results of Laurence Summers, former treasury secretary and brilliant economist,... Read morePublished on September 28, 2007 by Seth J. Frantzman
I bought Harvard Rules because my daughter is in high school and thinking of applying there, and after President Summers' comments about women and science, I wasn't so sure that... Read morePublished on December 19, 2005 by JasonD
Answer: the author Richard Bradley, not Harvard president Lawrence Summers.
Reason. The cause of the fear is that West might accuse Bradley of being a "racist" and ruin his... Read more
I've never been a professor or a college administrator. But I've known several of them socially. To a person they have absolutely loathed their fellow professors and this was minor... Read morePublished on March 3, 2005 by John Matlock
The book reads like a gripping novel. Unfortunately, the evidence the author uses is pretty much innuendo, hearsay, and rumor. Read morePublished on March 1, 2005 by CambridgeMA