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Acanemia: A Memoir of Life in the Halls of the Higher Learning Paperback – October 24, 2016
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The book's compelling story heightens when Hussman talks about his experiences being a part of the development of a new Wright State University, and the glacial but inexorable movement by the series of mediocre presidents and administration toward a diminution of the faculty's objectives of creating and maintaining a high standard of scholarship and research for an erroneously-embraced privatization and business model management approach. We are given the ultimate consequences of poor management in the discussion of Wright State's volunteering to host the 2016 Presidential debate and then having to back out of the hosting due to serious financial problems. Hussman excoriates the various early presidents of the university, and while doing so, takes a shotgun blast at American industries and their apologists for the horrible corruption, greed and ignorant choices that keep being made in the name of American "exceptionalism."
Hussman's narrative is full of corny bon mots, puns and self-incrimination; however, do not be put off by this artificial common-man posture. This professor emeritus is an internationally recognized literary scholar and a self-taught political, philosophical and popular culture junkie. If you are a teacher, a college student, or just someone who is interested in American culture and education, read this book. It will be informative, funny (sometimes), and incisive.