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God, Country, Notre Dame: The Autobiography of Theodore M. Hesburgh Hardcover – January 15, 2000

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Father Hesburgh ( The Hesburgh Papers: Higher Values in Higher Education , LJ 6/15/79) should be on almost everyone's list of the most influential figures in American higher education over the past few decades. In these fascinating memoirs, he chronicles the transformation of Notre Dame from a somewhat mediocre mid western university into a major national teaching and research institution. As president of Notre Dame for 35 years, he used that position as a platform to argue the truly critical issues not only within the academy, but outside as well. The chapters on his involvement with the Civil Rights movement (he was a member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission) and criticism of early Vatican policy on academic freedom at Catholic universities are most compelling. Recommended for all readers, especially in these days of seeming cynicism and doubt.
- Richard H. Quay, Miami Univ. Lib., Oxford, Ohio
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hesburgh, President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 311 pages
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press; 1 edition (January 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0268010382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268010386
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 28, 2000
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I "read" this book for the first time on audio cassette and quickly ran out and bought it" Years later, I still think of it and am still amazed at what a tremendous person Father Hesburgh is. If I did not know its true, I would not believe that a person could accomplish so much in a lifetime. Knowing that this country and faith produces such great men, makes me proud to be Catholic and an American. This book would make a great, great gift!
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By A Customer on March 29, 2000
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God, Country, Notre Dame is a book that once again proves what an amazing man Father Hesburgh is. This book is inspiring. If you've never read or heard about Father Hesburgh, this is a must. He has got to be one of the top 10 most influntial people of the 21st century.
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This book shows the personality, character and wit of a man who has done more than most people can even fathom to accomplish in their lifetime. The prose style is engaging and refreshing, and he truly knows his stuff. Got to meet him recently to talk about his book...he really cares about people and the world.
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Father Hesburgh is a real inspiration for those that would like to do more for their fellow man yet don't feel they can. He talked the talk and walked the walk. He embodies everything the University of Notre Dame stands for.
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It's amazing what one person can accomplish by recognizing what he/she stands for and devoting his/her entire life to relentlessly pursuing it. This book will inspire to evaluate the passions and human rights causes that wake you up in the morning and re-think how you spend your life working to further those causes. You will also be thoroughly entertained by the many wild stories that come from serving 16 different presidential appointments, and get a fascinating look into the reality of how political and world agreements are often actually brokered.
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Although this book chronicles Hesburgh's entire life until just after he retired from Notre Dame in '87 ending thirty-five years as president, most readers will find the Notre Dame years of the greatest interest.

Those were tumultuous years--student social unrest, his alleged de-emphasis of athletics, Catholic identity, academic freedom issues, and liberal stances, to name a few hurdles. A kerfuffle that is largely forgotten today but which was a major concern at the time was the decision to go coed. "A poll taken then [1952, his first year as president] would have shown ...that 95 percent of the the students were against coeducation. Fifteen years later, 95 percent, perhaps even 99 percent, were decidely for it." (paperback ed., p. 179) Coeducation finally began--"totally without fanfare"--in the autumn of '72.

The chapter "Civil Rights for All," detailing his appointment to and work with the Civil Rights Commission in the late Fifties, makes particularly interesting reading subsequent to the vitiating of the Voting Rights Act in 2013.
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Nice autobiography from Father Ted. Intterestng read. Devoid of any controversy or rancor, just as one might expect from such a fine servant leader. Good stories throughout, yet devoid of many details about the real work of building and leading this great univrrsity through an incredible period in our nation's history.
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Fr. Hesburgh's death in February and the subsequent tributes sparked an interest in his autobiography. Confrontations with football coaching legend Frank Leahy, sacking and re-staffing deans and department heads, N.D. going coed, transition to lay leadership, handling student unrest of the 70s all made for fascinating reading. Couldn't put it down.
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