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Harvard Observed

An Illustrated History of the University in the Twentieth Century

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$42.00 • £33.95 • €38.00

ISBN 9780674377332

Publication Date: 11/07/1998

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320 pages

350 illustrations

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Mr. Bethell, former editor of Harvard Magazine, guides readers through an engaging history of the modern university as it mirrored the ups and downs of this century--wars, the Depression, the atomic and electronic ages. It is a heritage of which not only Cantabrigians but all Americans can be proud.King Features Weekly Service

In the early years of the twentieth century, President Charles William Eliot fought to keep Harvard from becoming a refuge for "the stupid sons of the rich." A. Lawrence Lowell, a tireless builder, gave the modern University its physical structure. James Conant helped forge a wartime alliance of universities, industry, and government that sustained an astonishingly prosperous postwar epoch.

John Bethell provides his general readers with "a panoramic view" of Harvard that must be judged a "just representation," and in the words of Dr. Johnson, it "will please many, and please long."—Michael Shinagel, Harvard Review

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