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Stand, Columbia: A History of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1754-2004 Hardcover – October 22, 2003


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fascinating stories of the past that seem eerily familiar in the present, even for those who have never set foot on the Columbia campus

(Katherine Reynolds Chaddock Academe)

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McCaughey has assembled for the first time the elaborate mosaic that displays as it should be displayed Columbia's long and rich history. This is an incomparable account of a great institution rooted inextricably in a great city.

(Henry F. Graff

Professor Emeritus of History

Col, Professor Emeritus of History, Columbia University)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 715 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; 1ST edition (October 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231130082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231130080
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Hansen on March 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I got the book at my 30th Columbia College reunion last year, but have just finished it. It made me super-nostalgic for my college days. I feel that, while the first part of the book, up to 1901 when Nicholas Murray Butler took over as President, is somewhat dry, the second part, consisting of the 20th Century, is insightful, immediate, and riveting. I was there from 1970-1974, and the description of the campus unrest in 1968, 1970, and 1972 is right on the money. The fact that Prof. McCaughey could get oral histories from approximately 1950 or so through to the present meant that he could analyse events through considering the reports and opinions of the major players in that time. I would recommend this book to all alumni/ae and former faculty, administrators, and anyone who would appreciate an intimate portrait, a biography even, of Columbia. And, as the Columbia fight song mentioned in the title of this review concludes, as for Columbia, "We Own New York!" This book tells everyone why that's true.
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By Stephen Pellerine on December 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I think the book is for a very isolated audience. If you want a book for the coffee table as a overview of Columbia's history it would be fine but probably best for grads and current staff/faculty interested in such. Perhaps it also fills a niche for researchers looking at such history.

If you fall into this category I think the book is a 5 star book.

If you have not attended of have special interest in Columbia the book may be a slog. It is not a volume you will probably enjoy sitting with with a cup a coffee - it is better for the coffee table. As a read I would probably give it a 3 star.

If you have little interest in Columbia - hmmm, but want a book on Columbia's Impact perhaps would make a better read. See link below and happy selection (but also for an isolated audience), all literature is worth a go:

Living Legacies at Columbia
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Skousen on October 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Like the previous reviewer, I too, a newcomer to Columbia faculty, was curious about the history of this great ivy league university -- how President Butler dominated Columbia for 50 years, the difficult Eisenhower presidency, and the student riots of the late 1960s -- and bought McCaughey's massive history sight unseen. Big mistake. Talk about a boring pedantic tome. Fortunately, I've found a better book written by a far superior writer: "Eisenhower at Columbia," by Travis Beal Jacobs. Now there's a page turner, with much background and history of Columbia in living color. Now if only Jacobs will write a sequel.....
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I read "Stand, Columbia" with much eagerness, but I discovered that the book is hardly reader friendly. The writer's talent as a historian is strong, and his research into the university's history is excellent. But what's lacking is a sense of cohesiveness and character. What makes Columbia unique? Where do all these facts and details lead us? "Stand, Columbia" ultimately appears as if it were commissioned by Columbia University Press to be little more than a sugar-coated celebration of the institution's 250th birthday.
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This book can be used as both a reference book and an enjoyable read. As a graduate of Columbia College I was impressed with the research, stories and facts that Bob McCaughey brings to what could have been a boring subject..........would recommend to any one interested in education and development of an Ivy League College, and large functioning University.........Stephen Easton
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